We have to collectively as a community stop asking Gene Simmons things that aren’t related to KISS. Weeks after stating his unnecessary opinion on hip-hop, Gene Simmons is back at it again with the BS.
In a new interview with Newsweek, the KISS frontman called Prince’s death “pathetic.” Simmons shared his opinion by comparing the death of Prince to the death of David Bowie.
“Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness. All the other ones were a choice.”
Simmons elaborated on his answer, specifically targeting Prince. “His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?” He added Prince was a huge talent who “was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust.” Simmons was in build, burn, build mode because he ent back to insulting the late singer. “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.” Simmons continued, “I’ve never been high or drunk in my life.”
After receiving tons of backlash for his comments, Simmons then released an apology.
“I got such s__t from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs to do the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up int he rock scene. In my experience they’ve made my life, and the lives of their loved ones, difficult.”
— Sterlingtology Live (@Sterlingtology) May 11, 2016
Prince’s death is still under investigation as results from his autopsy are still pending and likely won’t be available for several weeks. Officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Attorney’s Office joined the investigation looking into Prince’s death because of the alleged drug use.