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Gene Simmons Says David Bowie's Death Was "Tragic" Calls Prince's Death "Pathetic"

::deep sigh:: Okay, Gene.

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is at the center of controversy yet again for his frank, and what some might deem inflammatory comments about Prince's unexpected death. The 66-year-old spoke with Newsweek to say David Bowie's death in January was "tragic" but Prince's death was "pathetic"

"Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness,” Simmons said. "All the other ones were a choice. [Prince] his drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?"

The late music icon was discovered in an elevator in his Paisely Park compound April 21. Since his death, rumors swirled he suffered from an opioid addiction for which he was seeking treatment for.

While Simmons said Prince "was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them" he still thinks his death was shameful.

"I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you... but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

Simmons, who said he's never been drunk or high in his life recounted the time he took Diana Ross to see a young Prince when he first started out and couldn't wrap his mind around how someone so talented could be so humble.

"I took Diana Ross to see him when he was first starting out. He was playing a club and we’d never seen anything like that. Backstage when we came up to say ‘you were great,’ we were expecting this huge personality and he was a very small, slight human being. He might have been five-foot-four, very shy, with his eyes to the ground, very self-effacing. He just couldn’t take a compliment: ‘Thank you, thank you.’ He spoke in a whisper. It was shocking actually. He couldn’t look Diana Ross in the face—he kept his eyes to the ground."

This isn't the first time Simmons' comments have raised a few eyebrows. The frontman said rap music will be dead in 10 years and recently vocalized his disappointment with NWA being inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame.

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According to a recent post on Megan Thee Stallion's Instagram account, her mother, Holly Thomas, has passed away.

The rapper revealed the news of her mother's death in an Instagram post on Friday (March 22), publishing a photo of herself with "the strongest woman on the planet."

"The best mom in the whole world," she wrote. "...I can't even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama."

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Teachers Will Be Allowed To Carry Firearms In New Florida School Bill

A new bill has been approved by the Florida House committee that would allow the arming of teachers in classrooms.

The Sun-Sentinel reports the bill, gives educators the option to carry weapons on school grounds. The legislation was made following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. It also indicates that educators must have the approval of the school board before carrying a weapon school grounds.

For the teachers who volunteer, they are required to pass a psychological test as well as a drug test, participate in 144 hours of firearms training, and hold a valid concealed weapon permit.

The law was passed on Thursday (March 21) and advocates of the legislation believe that it would work to make the school safer while critics of the law have rejected it and do not feel as though teachers should play the role of law enforcement personnel in these schools. The main proponent for the legislation, as the Sun-Sentinel reported, Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan of Eustis advocated strongly for the law.

"The more people that are there to defend students, to defend other teachers, the better. If a teacher does not want to go through the program, I don't want them to go through the program." On the other side of the spectrum, Democratic Rep. Susan Valdes of Tampa had this to say, "teachers want to teach children and broaden children's minds. If they wanted to be a cop, they would have gone to the police academy and become a cop."

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