Fran Stueber Obituary – Death: The entire crew at KISS and frontman Paul Stanley, are mourning the passing of their long time guitar tech for over 15 years. Francis Stueber passed away at the age of 52 years old after contacting COVID-19.
Stueber worked on every KISS and Paul Stanley solo tour since 2002. He also appeared on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, taking the stage with KISS to perform for the troops. The tech also worked behind the scenes for acts such as Heart and the Offspring.
No official cause of death has been released, according to Mary Stueber- Grass, she stated this in a tribute written to honor the passing of Fran Stueber.
This guy Francis Stueber & Francis Stueber III, My brother, my confidant, 1 of the 3 cuz-keteers, the person I aspire to be, has left this earthly world . To say he left a mark in this world is an understatement. His biggest and brightest stars are and will always be the love of his life, his wife Cathey Stueber and his 3 wonderful, loving and adored sons. I am broken 💔 as is his entire family. FOR THE RECORD THERE IS NO ( i repeat) NO OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH. (( PleaseContinue to memorialize my brother with your wonderful memories, pictures and stories But I ask out respect for his family please leave Covid out of this. )) Once there is an official cause of death we will share that, until that time I want to continue to share the love, the life and light my brother brought to each and everyone of you.
However, Sean Clark wrote, “Paul Stanley’s longtime guitar tech Francis Stueber has died of COVID-19. He was only 52 years old. He is a video I shot of Fran during sound check in Los Angeles on February 12, 2019z Rest In Peace sir.” which makes Francis Stueber cause of death remains unclear.
KISS postponed a number of 2021 shows after both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID.
[KISS is] not allowing roadies or anybody else to be anywhere backstage unless they’re vaccinated and the masks are on the whole time,” Simmons recently told Ultimate Classic Rock.
“KISS and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows,” the band wrote in a statement. “The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines.” [via Blabbermouth]
KISS’ next live performance will take place on the KISS Kruise X, which sets sail from Oct. 29-Nov. 3.