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Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel, in 1949, but was raised in Queens, New York. He co-founded Kiss in the early ’70s and has since become the group’s most visible and most outspoken member. Along with Paul Stanley, bassist and singer Simmons has steered Kiss through several member changes over the years, and he’s always quick to share his opinion on his ex-bandmates (among other things). In addition to music, Simmons has spread his entertainment empire to include movies (like ‘Runaway’ and ‘Trick or Treat’) and television (‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’).

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Kevork Djansezian / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Paul Stanley Responds to Nikki Sixx’s Gene Simmons Comments: ‘Would You Please Shut Up’

Paul Stanley might be willing to publicly express frustration with Gene Simmons, but that doesn't mean he'll sit idly by while others pile on his fellow Kiss co-founder.

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Ethan Miller / Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Nikki Sixx Calls Gene Simmons an ‘Overrated, Lucky Guy That Dresses Like a Clown’

Gene Simmons has apologized for calling Prince's death "pathetic," but Nikki Sixx isn't willing to forgive and forget.

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Ethan Miller / Kevork Djansezian (2) / John Sciulli, Getty Images

Gene Simmons’ Prince Remarks Spur Response From Nikki Sixx, Twitter Fight Between Shannon Tweed and Paul Stanley

Gene Simmons has reaped a whirlwind of controversy since referring to Prince's death as "pathetic" — some of it from his fellow Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley.

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Frederick M. Brown / Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments About Prince’s Death

The Kiss bassist issued a statement saying that he was wrong to call Prince's death "pathetic."

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Joe Scarnici / Cindy Ord, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Says Prince’s Death Was ‘Pathetic’

For Gene Simmons, not all music legend deaths are the same.

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Paul Kane / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Fires Back at N.W.A.

The Kiss bassist has responded to comments made by the hip-hop legends at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Theo Wargo / Mike Coppola / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

N.W.A. Responds to Gene Simmons, Robert Lamm Talks Peter Cetera’s Absence at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It wouldn't be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony without some memorable quotes, both onstage and off.

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Paul Kane / John Sciulli, Getty Images

Rapper Talib Kweli Attacks Gene Simmons’ Remarks About the Death of Rap

The rapper fired back at the Kiss star, who said he was "looking forward" to the death of rap.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Dismisses Pop Divas, Says ‘Rap Will Die’

A quick glance around the music scene proves to be a disheartening experience for Gene Simmons, who has little use for either pop and hip hop stars.

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Watch Gene Simmons Discuss His Heart Condition on ‘The Doctors’

Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons shared his experiences with the heart condition known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib, on a recent episode of The Doctors.

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