KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have released the following statement:
"Bill Aucoin, our irreplaceable original manager, mentor and dear friend has died of complications arising from his ongoing battle with prostate cancer. He was instrumental in guiding us from the beginning and without his vision, leadership and unending dedication, we could never have scaled the heights we have reached.
"Bill loved life and lived it to the fullest. Words can never convey his impact on us or those close to him.
"Over all the years, he never missed an opportunity to be with us at our shows near his home or fly in for special concerts, including our most recent Madison Square Garden show. He had hoped to attend our London show earlier this month but his illness prevented it. He still planned to visit us upon the start of our upcoming U.S. tour.
"We loved him, told him and have peace that he knew it.
"We will grieve and celebrate all he was and did.
"We have lost a part of us."
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