Monday, June 28, 2010

Lydia Criss On Bill Aucoin

Peter Criss' ex wife Lydia Criss has issued the following statement:

"Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It my sad duty to inform you that Bill Aucoin passed away in Florida this morning (Monday, June 28th) due to complications from Cancer & Diverticulitis.

We heard that there will be a service in NYC, but we don't know the details.

Lydia Criss."

An official press release states:

William Aucoin, beloved record industry executive, manager, entrepreneur, and creative visionary, passed away this morning, Monday, June 28th at 9:11 AM (EST) at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, FL.

Born December 29th, 1943, Bill was battling prostate cancer, and passed away from surgical complications.

The man known for masterminding the career of the world-renowned group KISS, Bill Aucoin also managed STARZ, TOBY BEAU, BILLY SQUIER, BILLY IDOL, and numerous other artists.

His most recent venture is Aucoin Globe Entertainment, which he founded in 2007 ( In its three years, Bill and his company developed bands in the US and around the world.

He leaves behind his boyfriend of fifteen years, Roman Fernandez, and two sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski.

Funeral arrangements are pending.