Slipknot star Jim Root has refuted allegations made by Paul Gray's widow that the rockers did not try hard enough to save their bandmate's life.
The bassist was found dead in his Iowa motel room in May, 2010 after an accidental drug overdose, and his wife Brenna subsequently sued his doctor, Daniel Baldi, over claims he should not have prescribed anti-anxiety medication to the longterm addict.
During the case, she also attacked her husband's Slipknot bandmates in her testimony, telling the court, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem."
Root has now spoken out to address Brenna's allegations, insisting the rockers tried on numerous occasions to get Gray the help he needed.
He tells Sweden Rock Magazine, translated by Blabbermouth.net, "I'm sure she's hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere. Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting him into treatment numerous times; we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. At the end of the day, Paul was sick. What can you do? If you have a sickness, you've got to fix that sickness - but you can't keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them?... Brenna's always got brothers she can count on."
Brenna Gray lost her case against Baldi, who was also cleared of an involuntary manslaughter charge.