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Even though an official cause of death has not yet been released, Gene Simmons has spoken out about Prince’s passing, calling it “pathetic.”

In an interview with Newsweek, the Kiss bassist spoke about some recent music deaths saying, “[David] Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was a real sickness. All the other ones were a choice.”

Gene then said of Prince, “His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?” Simmons praised The Purple One but then slammed his death, saying, “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.”

Gene also noted that he has “never been high or drunk in [his] life.”

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