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Gene Simmons Apologizes

Kiss' Gene Simmons has done a quick back-pedal on recent comments he made about Prince's death.

After kicking up a furor telling Newsweek that the tragedy was "pathetic" and that Prince "killed himself" by using drugs, Simmons has issued on apology on Twitter, writing that, "I just got such s*** 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. 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."

Gene Simmons on Twitter

The mea culpa came after Simmons' Kiss band mate Paul Stanley also criticized the bassist on Twitter, writing that he was "Embarrassed by cold, clueless statements about Prince's death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies."

Paul Stanley on Twitter

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

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Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.