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Gene Simmons Apologizes For Depression Remarks

(Undated) -- Gene Simmons is now publicly apologizing for his remarks on depression. In a Facebook post on Friday, the KISS bassist said he was "wrong" when he said in a recent interview with Songfacts.com that suicidal people should kill themselves. He says in hindsight the remarks were "made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression," adding, "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 disease, especially depression."

Fallout from Simmons' original comments has been swift. Fellow rocker Nikki Sixx called Simmons' remarks "moronic" on his radio show and an Australian radio station has gone so far as to ban KISS music from its airwaves. Simmons' comments were published just two weeks before he expressed sympathy on Monday's passing of actor Robin Williams who suffered from depression. Simmons tweeted "R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man," then retweeted a National Suicide Prevention hotline honoring Williams.

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