Former KISS Drummer Peter Criss Reveals Near-Suicide Attempt
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According to Ultimate Classic Rock, in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in 1994 that injured almost 9,000 people, Criss had shoved a .357 Magnum down his throat and was preparing to pull the trigger.
It wasn't his compassion for his fellow suffering man which caused him the most despair. The drummer felt like he had nothing to live for due to his position in life at the time. But he quickly amended his thoughts, and not a moment too soon.
What stopped him? Thoughts of his mom, dad and daughter.
Criss was distraught after $100,000 he had tucked in a bag behind an armoire fell during the quake. It was all that remained after squandering a fortune that at one point had topped out at nearly $12 million.
"The whole room stank from death," the skins smasher wrote about the state of his apartment, post-natural disaster.
Many of his personal effects of great emotional significance were strewn about and shattered. He continued, "I thought to myself, 'Why should I keep going?' I was in the middle of recording a new album, but fucking whoop-de-do; I was on TNT, a clown label. Then I started talking to myself, like in that Peggy Lee song 'Is That All There Is.' What do you really have to live for? Your two marriages have gone to shit. You hardly see your daughter. You got a hundred grand, but you were worth twelve-some-odd million at one point in your life."
He yanked the gun out of his mouth after the thoughts of family sprung to his mind. Good choice, Mr. Criss.
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