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Gene Simmons Calls Prince's Death 'Pathetic,' Issues Apology Statement

Gene Simmons Calls Prince's Death 'Pathetic,' Issues Apology Statement

Rocker Gene Simmons has issued an apology after calling Prince‘s sudden death last month “pathetic” in an interview with Newsweek.

“But how pathetic that he killed himself,” the 66-year-old entertainer said. “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.”

Gene later took to Twitter to apologize.

“I just got such sh*t from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize – I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene. In my experience they’ve made my life, and the lives of their loved ones, difficult. I was raised in a culture/crowd where drug addicts were written off as losers, and since that’s the narrative I grew up with, it’s been hard to change with the times.”

Click inside to read the rest of Gene Simmons’ apology statement…

Needless to say, I didn’t express myself properly here – I don’t shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don’t bother me at all. If I think I’m right, I’ll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So, my apologies.

PS: What I will say is that there is part of this that is journalists quote-mining things lve said in the past and applying it to new situations. This, too, happens often, and not just to me. So, quote mining, too, is wrong. It doesn’t make my past quotes any more tactful, but still – be wary of click bait. The uglier they can make it seem, the more views they will get.”

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  • Curt Noydb

    Dammit Gene…you should know the TRUTH is not PC and illegal in America.

  • Silly People

    What he should have said was he has a history of saying really stupid sh*t to get attention for himself- he did the same thing when Robin Williams died. Even his own band mate Paul Stanley said he was embarrassed by what Gene said about Prince. Gene is simply an obnoxious old blowhard.

  • C.R.

    It’s pathetic that Gene refuses to give up his helmet hairdo.

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