In a recent interview with Newsweek, the KISS guitarist started off on a good note by calling Prince “heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left Michael Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that.”
Though he should have just left it at that, Simmons couldn’t help but speak his mind.
“But how pathetic that he killed himself,” he 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.”
David Bowie‘s death, on the other hand, Simmons had more tact with. “Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness,” he said. “All the other ones were a choice.” When asked if he meant Prince as well, he said, “His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?”
Prince passed away on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57. Though the autopsy results are currently in progress, he had overdosed on Percocet the previous week. Prescription pain killers were also in his possession, and members of his team sought help from an addiction specialist shortly before Prince’s death.Read more to see Gene Simmons’ apology: