Gene Simmons apologizes for Prince remarks

bassist Gene SimmonsGene Simmons apologizes for Prince remarks

KISS frontman now sorry for calling his death “pathetic”

By David Sands
May 11, 2016

Gene Simmons got himself into some hot water earlier this week by referring to Prince’s death as a suicide and calling it “pathetic.”  Today the KISS frontman and bassist took to Twitter to backtrack the remarks, which now admits were out of line.

The trouble started yesterday when Newsweek printed an interview that had him badmouthing the manner of the late “Purple Rain” singer’s death.

“I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them….” he said. “But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you… but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

Prince passed away last month at his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota. Although prescription painkillers were in his possession at the time of his death, the results of toxicology tests related to his death have not yet been released.

Today Simmons posted an apology for speaking ill of Prince’s death to his Twitter page, noting that he had gotten “s**t” from his family over his “big mouth.”

“I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts,” he tweeted. “I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene.”

Simmons went on to say he is not one to “shy away from controversy” when he thinks he’s right, but acknowledged that was not the case in this situation.

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