Slipknot have released a statement in response to manslaughter charges levelled at a doctor regarding the death of the band's bass player Paul Gray in 2010. Iowan doctor Daniel Baldi has been charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter - including that of Gray - who died after being prescribed medication by Baldi.

"As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness", said a statement released by the band to Facebook yesterday. "The fact that this person took advantage of our brother's illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family. We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims."

Gray, a known drug addict, died in an Iowan hotel room in 2010. Baldi prescribed heavy narcotics to Gray for five years until the time of his death. If convicted, the doctor could be facing up to 16 years in prison.