Paul Stanley is the co-founder and guitarist of the world-known rock band KISS. Established as The Starchild for his KISS persona, Stanley released twenty studio albums with the band. Unleashing their debut studio album just a year after the band was formed, 1974, KISS had released its last-ever twentieth studio album in 2012, titled Monster.
As some of you might remember, Paul Stanley had contracted for COVID during his band’s ongoing End Of The Road World Tour. After the band’s guitarist and backing vocalist Stanley tested positive for COVID, the pioneer of rock was forced to postpone its The Pavilion at Star Lake show in Burgettstown, PA.
Recently, the guitarist has updated his official Twitter account to give upsetting and saddened news. Confirming that his close friend and guitar tech Francis Stueber has passed away due to COVID, Stanley admitted that he is numb.
In the tweet, Paul Stanley has shared a photo of himself and his friend. They were posing side by side and smiling while looking directly at the camera. They both artists were looking very handsome.
My dear friend, buddy and guitar tech for 20 years, Fran Stueber died yesterday suddenly of Covid. Both on and offstage I depended on him for so much. My family loved him as did I. He was so proud of his wife and 3 boys as they were of him. I’m numb. pic.twitter.com/RvwUGpFt0X
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 17, 2021
“My dear friend, buddy and guitar tech for 20 years, Fran Stueber died yesterday suddenly of Covid,” Stanley tweeted. “Both on and offstage I depended on him for so much. My family loved him as did I. He was so proud of his wife and 3 boys as they were of him. I’m numb.”
Fans Sends Condolences To Paul Stanley And Stueber’s Family
In the comment section of the tweet, Paul Stanley and Francis Stueber‘s fans have sent their good wishes and condolences to Stanley and Stueber‘s family.
Also, there were some people who discussed the COVID vaccines. When a couple of people commented to share their feelings about vaccination, some of them blamed the late artist. After that, a fan slammed them and called them to condolence the late artist’s family and to respect him.
“I can’t believe some of these comments,” a fan said. “KISS has publicly stated the band and it’s crew were all vaccinated. It’s a breakthrough case, as it was Simmons & Stanley back in Sept. Instead of debating the vaccine, can we just respectfully offer condolences to his friends and family.”
I can't believe some of these comments. KISS has publicly stated the band and it's crew were all vaccinated. It's a breakthrough case, as it was Simmons & Stanley back in Sept. Instead of debating the vaccine, can we just respectfully offer condolences to his friends and family.
— Jax Page-Dirtbag Leftist (@jakki_jax) October 17, 2021
Stanley Had Walked Into The Crowd Unmasked
As some of those Paul Stanley fans might remember, the musician had walked into the crowd unmasked days after he won his battle against COVID-19. According to some fans, he was acting irresponsibly and taking safe people in danger while walking without his mask on.
In the early September, Stanley had seen in public for the first time after his disease. As you see in the photo below, Stanley was walking through the parking lot with a mask in hand and touching his nose. Following he touched his nose, Stanley was entering the crowd and touching the doorknob just after he touched his nose.