KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are being dragged to court over the COVID death of one of their longtime guitar techs … and his family say it all started with Paul.
According to a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the family of late KISS guitar tech Francis Stueber says he died a couple days after contracting COVID while on tour with the band back in October 2021.
The family says COVID started spreading amongst tour personnel in August 2021 when Paul contracted the virus … and they say COVID kept spreading due to lax safety policies on the tour.
In the suit, Francis’ family says anyone on tour who came down with COVID was instructed to quarantine in a hotel room in whichever city the band was in … but they say the protocols offered little else.
Francis, the suit says, got COVID while in Detroit and was told to hole up in a Sheraton hotel … and the family says KISS longtime manager Doc McGhee failed to arrange for medical personnel to visit and examine Francis at the hotel, despite Doc promising to do so.
It’s pretty sad … the docs say Doc asked another tour member to check on Francis at the hotel but Francis was dead when the person arrived, dying only 2 days after testing positive for the virus.
Francis’ family is going after Gene, Paul, Doc, Marriott hotels and Live Nation for damages.
We reached out to reps for KISS … so far no word back.