The Reason Why Gene Simmons Called Prince ‘Pathetic’ After His Death


KISS bassist Gene Simmons once opened up about the passing of two legendary musicians during an interview back in 2016 and while he referred to David Bowie’s death as tragic, he actually bashed Prince after he passed away because of a drug overdose, insulting the iconic artist because of his substance addiction.

As many of you know, Gene Simmons is not unfamiliar with controversial statements as his career is filled with many from the infamous ‘Rock is dead’ claim which fueled an endless argument among countless musicians as well as once revealing his wish to the death of rap music, thus, sparking a feud on Twitter with famous rapper Ice Cube over the matter.

Despite his history with bold statements, KISS bassist once surprised his fans while he was revealing his opinions about the passing of two of the most iconic musicians, Prince and David Bowie during an interview with Newsweek five years ago. Simmons stated that Bowie’s passing was quite tragic due to the fact that it was a ‘real illness’ that caused the death of the legendary artists.

Prince, on the other hand, was harshly criticized by Gene Simmons who is known for living a clean life and staying away from both drugs and alcohol throughout his whole career as a worldwide famous rock star. Previously bashing people who are substance addicts, Simmons insulted Prince’s passing as he referred to the death of the iconic musician ‘pathetic’ because he killed himself.

Here is what Simmons said:

Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness. All the other ones were a choice. I think Prince was heads, hands, and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that. 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.”

After humiliating the tragic death of one of the greatest musicians in the world, Gene Simmons received a major backlash, not only from the Prince fans but also from all the people who have struggled with an addiction that felt underestimated by the KISS icon. In order to take the responsibility for his bandmate, it was KISS frontman Paul Stanley who took Twitter in order to apologize to all the fans after Simmons’ statement which lacked empathy and emotion according to many.

Here is what Stanley said:

“Embarrassed by cold clueless statements re Prince’s death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies.

As many of you recall, David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 because of liver cancer on January 10, 2016, after being diagnosed with the disease 18 months earlier and keeping it away from the public. That same year, Prince was found dead at his home at Paisley Park because of an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016.

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