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Michael Shawn Crahan (born September 24, 1969), more commonly known by his stage persona "Clown", is an American musician, music producer, and artist. He is best known as one of the two custom percussionists and co-founder of the Grammy-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. When performing with Slipknot, he is also known by his number 6. Crahan is the only remaining founding member in Slipknot. At 45, Crahan is the oldest member of Slipknot, and has been largely responsible for the band's success with his extensive involvement in Slipknot's media production. Outside Slipknot, Crahan has had two side project bands called To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits.

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Personal life Edit

Crahan was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1969, Crahan mentioned in an interview at a college that he attended private schools as a child and "never learned to share" because he never had any siblings. He majored in Creative Writing. Crahan's first band was "Modifidius", which he was a member with former Slipknot member Joey Jordison. He also once performed in bands such as "Heads on the Wall" & "One Cup of Fat" before forming "The Pale Ones", which would later become known as Slipknot. Crahan married his wife Chantel in June 1992, in Des Moines, Iowa. They now have four children; Alexandria, Gage, Gabrielle, and Simon. Crahan is also a filmographer and photographer, having published a Slipknot photo album "The Apocalyptic Nightmare" in 2012. In 2012, he also made his debut acting appearance in the film "The Devil's Carnival".

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