Paul Stanley Announces Sudden KISS Death


The KISS Producer, engineer, composer, Michael James Jackson, who produced multiple albums for the band as well as Armored Saint’s 1984 full-length album, March Of The Saint, has passed away.

Michael James Jackson passes away

KISS took to social media and the band mourned Jackson’s passing. “Michael James Jackson has passed away from the complications” of the disease owing to the pandemic and also “related pneumonia.”

The band further stated: “He was the driving force behind Killers, Creatures Of The Night, Lick It Up and Animalize. His passion and belief in the band was instrumental in our new found success in the 80’s. He loved our fans and was a close member of the KISS family until the end. We mourn his loss and celebrate his life.”

Paul Stanley also mourned his death and posted the following via his Twitter account: “Michael James Jackson – My dearest and best friend for 40 years has died. His kindness and steadfast commitment to me and our friendship was a rock that supported me through the toughest times. He pushed me to start painting and revelled unselfishly in all my successes. Heartbroken.”

It is noteworthy that in addition to KISS, Jackson had produced such artists as Paul Williams, Jesse Colin Young, Pablo Cruise, Tom Snow, Lauren Wood and Red Rider. His work has earned seven gold and five platinum record awards.

KISS’s longtime manager Doc McGhee recently stated that he doesn’t know if Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will take part in the iconic group’s final concert. It has been noted that the band had launched its farewell trek in January 2019 but was forced to put it on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic. KISS’s current lineup consists of original members Simmons and Stanley, alongside later band additions, Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).