KISS bassist Gene Simmons‘ mother, Flóra “Florence” Klein, has died at the age of 92.
Simmons’s wife, Shannon Tweed Simmons, confirmed the passing of Florence on her Facebook page. “Rest in peace my dear Flora. The best grandma and mother in law I could ask for. You were loved and you will be missed,” she wrote on the social media page.
Simmons also posted a photo on Instagram of him as a child with his mother and included the caption: “The best mother in the world.”
KISS frontman Paul Stanley also shared an emotional statement on Twitter.
Stanley wrote, “Gene’s mother, Florence Lubowski, has passed away. I knew her as long as I’ve known Gene. Beyond her fierce love and pride in her only child, she was his inspiration to live up to being worthy of the sacrifices she made in a very difficult and, at times, horrific life. A holocaust survivor, she fought for all she had, and her fierce protection and pride in Gene made her someone to be feared, admired and loved. I will miss her laugh and smile. Let us all say a prayer for her, Gene and his family.”
Florence was a Hungarian Jew, who survived the horrors of concentration camps during the Holocaust period. She and her brother Larry were the only members of their family to survive the Nazi brutality.
Earlier this year, Gene told The Sydney Morning Herald: “My 92-year-old mother, Flora Klein, is my hero. She was sent to a Nazi concentration camp at the age of 14 and survived, but all the members of her family were wiped out — she saw her mother walk into a gas chamber. Despite the tragedy, she is a positive person who sees the goodness in people’s hearts. I wouldn’t be that forgiving if I had lived her life.”
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