Gene Simmons: 'Prince's death was pathetic'
Prince was "heads, hands and feet above" every other artist, according to Gene Simmons, but his death was "pathetic".
As reported by the Newsweek, the KISS singer, who claims never to have been high - or even drunk - in his entire life, was scathing when asked about the rumours surrounding Prince's death, that he died as a result of an addiction to painkillers. Prince, who died last month aged just 57, was found with prescription drugs on his person, but his manager has labelled allegations of an addiction "foolish".
“Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness,” Simmons told “All the other ones were a choice. [Prince's] drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?”
Paying tribute to the man as an artist, Simmons, 66, added: “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left [Michael] 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.”
Watch this extraordinary live performance of PRINCE playing PURPLE RAIN, 2010