KISS are a band that have had a very storied history with one another. In fact, depending on what member you ask of the band; you will get a different play by play. Recently, word has gotten out that a long time employee of the band has recently passed away. Of course, speculation of what really happened is swarming as it usually does when it comes to these things, let alone KISS.
Sadly, the long time guitar technician for KISS, Fran Stueber was found dead in a hotel room from complications of the COVID virus. The band have sent out their well wishes to both Fran and his family members. Having tested positive for Covid-19, Stueber died just two days after being quarantined in a Detroit hotel room. According to the Wayne County Health Examiner’s office.
It was said by Eddie Trunk of Sirius XM on Twitter: “I had been told by one @kiss crew members that the protocols were fairly strict. Was also told the gentleman that died faked vax & declined medical attention. I’m sure not the story they wanted the day they leave on their cruise!”
In KISS fashion, this contradicts stories that the protocols were insanely lax when it came to the shows. In fact, many crew members have alleged this, which Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons’ team has denied.
Special thanks to https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/kiss-francis-stueber-covid-tour-protocols-death-1249590/.
I had been told by one @kiss crew members that the protocols were fairly strict. Was also told the gentleman that died faked vax & declined medical attention. I’m sure not the story they wanted the day they leave on their cruise! https://t.co/7CIumQIU99
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) October 29, 2021
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