Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments on Prince's Death

Gene Simmons of Kiss
Gene Simmons performs onstage during the 23rd Annual Race To Erase MS Gala, Beverly Hills, California, April 15. The outspoken star has apologized for saying Prince's death was "clichéd." Frederick M. Brown/Getty

Gene Simmons has apologized for some tone-deaf comments he made about Prince's death.

In a Newsweek interview this week, the Kiss singer/bassist said he thinks it's "pathetic that [Prince] killed himself" and described David Bowie's demise as more tragic "because it was real sickness," evidently unaware that addiction is a "real sickness."

"His drugs killed him," Simmons said of Prince, though the circumstances regarding the star's apparent use of painkillers are still being investigated. "What do you think, he died from a cold?"

The comments drew widespread scorn. Even fellow Kiss member Paul Stanley said he was "embarassed" by his bandmate's words:

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

— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 10, 2016

Now Simmons is walking them back with a rambling public apology.

"I just got such shit from my family for my big mouth again," Simmons wrote in a note he posted on Twitter. "I apologize—I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts."

He adds, "Needless to say, I didn't express myself properly here."

— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 11, 2016

Read our original interview with Simmons here.