Rocker Gene Simmons‘ mother has died.
Florence Klein’s death was confirmed on Facebook by the KISS star’s wife Shannon Tweed.
Klein, a Hungarian Jew who survived the Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust with her brother, raised Gene as a single mum when his father walked out on the family when the future rock star was six.
Earlier this year, Gene paid tribute to his mum in a Sydney Morning Herald interview: “My 92-year-old mother, Flora Klein, is my hero,” he said. “She was sent to a Nazi concentration camp at the age of 14 and survived, but all the members of her family were wiped out.”
“She saw her mother walk into a gas chamber. Despite the tragedy, she is a positive person who sees the goodness in people’s hearts. I wouldn’t be that forgiving if I had lived her life.”
“She raised me as a single mother in Israel… Mom had relatives living in America and so we relocated there for a better life when I was eight… My mother worked in a factory that was like a sweatshop – six days a week, no lunch breaks and there was no minimum wage. She was a button and buttonhole worker, handling 1,000 coats a day.”
“My father was her one true love. She went to Israel 25 times to visit him, even though he was a scoundrel who had remarried.”
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