Stanley apologies for Simmons' Prince comments

Paul Stanley has hit out at Gene Simmons after his Kiss bandmate dubbed the death of Prince as ‘pathetic.’

Simmons was speaking to Europe Newsweek when he proclaimed his enthusiasm for life and his gratitude for being alive in a year which has already claimed the likes of David Bowie and Prince.

The Kiss frontman described Prince’s passing as ‘pathetic’ and suggested he killed himself with addiction.

Now Stanley has taken to his Twitter account to distance himself from Simmons comments.

Tweeting tonight Stanley writes while sharing a link to the interview: “Embarrassed by cold clueless statements re Prince's death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies.”

In Newsweek Simmons says of Prince who died last month at the age of just 57: “Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness. All the other ones were a choice.”

“Even Prince? His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?”

He continues: “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.”