KISS frontman Paul Stanley has shared an emotional statement on Twitter and confirmed that Gene Simmons’ mother Flóra “Florence” Klein has passed away at the age of 92.
Paul 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 diffucult 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.“
Also, Gene Simmons’ wife, Shannon Tweed Simmons has shared a Facebook post and confirmed the death of Gene’s mother Flora.
“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.”
Back in June 2018, Gene Simmons talked with Stuff and said that “my 92-year-old mother, Flora Klein, is my hero”. He continued:
“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.
She raised me as a single mother in Israel – I was an only child. My father [Feri Witz] abandoned us when I was six. Mom had relatives living in America and so we relocated there for a better life when I was eight.”
Rest in peace.
Rest in Peace Flora pic.twitter.com/Exhj9JUQIQ
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 6, 2018