MEGADETH / HAIL! bassist David Ellefson has issued the following statement regarding the passing of SLIPKNOTbassist Paul Gray:
"I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Paul Gray's passing today. I considered him an incredible songwriter, inventive bassist but more importantly a kind and warm friend. As a fellow musician, I was excited that he would be playing in Hail! this coming month as I knew it would be a fun experience for him. I'm sad that the European audiences will not get to see him play those shows.
I extend my condolences to his family, to Slipknot and their management, as well as his many friends and fans who loved him around the world. He was another one of the good ones in our business... a wonderful man who will be missed by us all."