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Gene Simmons Deeply ‘Regrets’ Telling Depressed Kids to Kill Themselves

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE/SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Musician Gene Simmons visits the SiriusXM Studios on August 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
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Kiss’s Gene Simmons — a face-paint enthusiast who is often on the same ideological wavelength as Don Imus — has struck again. In an interview he did with SongFacts back in late July, he said, “I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.’” In the wake of Robin Williams’s death, his comments have attracted considerably more attention, and he issued an apology on Facebook yesterday. “I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression,” Simmons wrote. Let’s hope that in the future, he’ll censor himself before a famous person dies. 

Gene Simmons ‘Regrets’ Comments on Depression