Gene Simmons: Sorry About That Depression Screed

'I deeply regret any offhand remarks'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2014 8:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Remember that time when Gene Simmons not-so-charmingly said depressed people should just kill themselves? Well, after Robin Williams—a depressed personreally did kill himself, people took exception to Simmons' screed, a #BanGene hashtag got going, and some radio stations stopped playing KISS' music. Now, as E! Online reports, Simmons is walking back those comments. As per a statement on his Facebook page:

  • "I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression."

Gene Simmons speaks onstage during the 4th and Loud portion of the AMC 2014 Summer TCA on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Gene Simmons speaks onstage during the "4th and Loud" portion of the AMC 2014 Summer TCA on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons attends a news conference in Vancouver, BC, Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons attends a news conference in Vancouver, BC, Thursday, July 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
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