Gene Sim­mons’ mom dead at 92

The Province - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Rocker Gene Sim­mons’ mother has died.

Florence Klein’s death was con­firmed on Face­book by the KISS star’s wife Shan­non Tweed.

Klein, a Hun­gar­ian Jew who sur­vived the Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps dur­ing the Holo­caust

with her brother, raised Gene as a sin­gle mom when his fa­ther walked out on the fam­ily when the fu­ture rock star was six.

Ear­lier this year, Gene paid trib­ute to his mom in a Syd­ney Morn­ing

Her­ald in­ter­view:

“My 92-yearold mother, Flora Klein ... 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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