Paul Gray's death hasn't been deemed suspicious, but it doesn't sound like it was natural, either.
The hotel employee who found the Slipknot bassist's body in his room at the TownePlace Suites in Urbandale, Iowa, dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that Gray was slumped against the wall, a hypodermic needle next to the bed and "all kinds of pills" nearby, according to the recording obtained by E! News.
The caller, who identified himself as Mike Kellow, said that Gray appeared to have died of an accidental drug overdose and had been "gone awhile."
"His hands and legs are all purple," he said, adding, "I'm not touching him," when the dispatcher asked if the body was cold.
Authorities, however, are not ready to officially declare Gray's death an overdose, though they did confirm some of the details—if not the assumptions—in the 911 recording.
"At this point the cause of death is still under investigation and they're waiting on toxicology, so until that comes back everything is just speculation," Urbandale Police Sgt. Dave Disney told E! News Thursday.
"Anything in the room may be incidental. We just don't know until the toxicology comes back."
"We were in the room for several hours," Disney added. "We documented everything. Some of the things mentioned in the tape were consistent with what we found."
He would not detail what type of pills were found in Gray's room.
Gray's bandmates made a rare public appearance without their masks Tuesday night at a press conference in their native Des Moines, where they called the 38-year-old musician "the essence of the band Slipknot."
The band was joined by Gray's wife, Brenna, who is pregnant with the couple's child.
No funeral plans have been announced yet.
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