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William Eisen, father of Paul Stanley of KISS, dies aged 101

KISS rocker Paul Stanley revealed this week that his father, William Eisen, has passed away at the age of 101.

On Sunday November 7, the KISS guitarist and co-singer shared a recent photo of himself and his father that included a touching message announcing the death. The 69-year-old musician recognized Eisen’s advanced age and fondly recalled his father’s life.

Stanley said, “My father William Eisen left this land after 101 years and 7 months. His thirst for knowledge never faltered. He could talk about virtually any subject. His pride in my accomplishments was heartwarming, as was his love. for my family. He said he would always be with me and he will be. “

In the 2005 biography KISS: Behind the mask, Stanley recalled his upbringing in New York, “My family was not that well off. When I was six, my dad bought me a bike, which was the only thing I had. given of some value. We weren’t rich, but we survived. There were times when money was very tight. In Manhattan, the four of us lived in a one-bedroom apartment; my parents slept in the living room and my sister and I shared the bedroom. [via Blabbermouth]

Eisen was born in Poland before moving to New York City, according to Outsider. Stanley’s mother, Eva Eisen, who died in 2012, was from a family that had fled Nazi Germany to the United States via Amsterdam.

No further information regarding Eisen’s death was shared on Sunday. Naturally, it is assumed that his family and Stanley, who was born Stanley Bert Eisen, would appreciate the confidentiality at this time.

This fall, KISS wrapped up the 2021 U.S. portion of their End of the Road tour, but concerts were affected when Stanley tested positive for COVID-19. Group member Gene Simmons did the same. KISS was due to play a residency in Vegas to end the year, but it was reportedly canceled.

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