KISS tour crew member dies from COVID after Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons both tested positive

Francis Stueber had been Paul Stanley's guitar tech for 20 years
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Francis Stueber, the longtime guitar tech for Paul Stanley, has passed away due to COVID-19.

Stanley shared the news of Stueber’s passing on his Twitter account.

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“My dear friend, buddy and guitar tech for 20 years, Fran Stueber died yesterday suddenly of Covid,” Stanley wrote.

“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.”

KISS postponed a handful of shows back in August after Stanley and Gene Simmons both tested positive for COVID-19.

“The band and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows,” a statement read at the time of the announcement. “The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines.”

Simmons also outlined the strict restrictions the band has in place when it comes to backstage activities, including no fan meet and greets. “We are not allowing roadies or anybody else to be anywhere backstage unless they’re vaccinated and the masks are on the whole time,” he said.

KISS is next scheduled to perform on the KISS Kruise X beginning on October 29.

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