ACE FREHLEY On BILL AUCOIN: 'He Never Lost His Big Smile And Sense Of Humor'

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has released the following statement regarding the passing of the band's original manager, Bill Aucoin:

"Bill was a very gifted guy with a great eye for talent! Through all the ups and downs, he never lost his big smile and sense of humor... We remained friends 'till the end."

William Aucoin, beloved record industry executive, manager, entrepreneur, and creative visionary, passed away this morning, Monday, June 28 at 9:11 a.. EST at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Florida.

Born December 29, 1943, Bill was battling prostate cancer, and passed away from surgical complications.

The man known for masterminding the career of the world-renowned group KISS, Bill Aucoin also managed STARZ, TOBY BEAU, BILLY SQUIER, BILLY IDOL, and numerous other artists. His most recent venture is Aucoin Globe Entertainment, which he founded in 2007. In its three years, Bill and his company developed bands in the U.S. and around the world.

He leaves behind his boyfriend of fifteen years, Roman Fernandez, and two sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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