Kiss guitarist Bob Kulick dies aged 70, as devastated brother pays tribute

Kiss guitarist Bob Kulick has died, aged 70.

The record producer’s younger brother – and former Kiss star – Bruce Kulick confirmed the sad news on Friday.

Taking to Instagram, the 66-year-old shared a snap of his sibling rocking out on a guitar.

’I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick,’ he wrote alongside the upload.

‘His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated.

‘I know he is at peace now, with my parents, playing his guitar as loud as possible. 

‘Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this very sad time.’

Bruce’s post was inundated with emotional tributes for the late legend, with many offering their support to the family.

‘I’m sorry Bruce. I know this is a difficult time & I respect your wishes,’ one commented. 

‘Your brother was a friend & we will all miss him dearly.’

‘I am so sorry to hear the news,’ another replied. ‘Peace to you and the the family.’

‘My condolences to your family, he lives inside of all of us,’ an Instagram user said.

While a follower added: ‘This is terrible news, Bruce. Prayers and best wishes with you, and your family.’

Bob’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

The musician auditioned for Kiss back in 1972, when he was 22, but was famously beaten for a part in the band by Ace Frehley.

Despite the setback, he appeared uncredited on a string of Kiss songs after impressing Gene Simmons and co – with his brother later going on to earn his own place with the group.

Bob was also known for playing lead guitar and slide guitar on Coney Island Baby for Lou Read, released in 1975, and toured with Meatloaf for years.

Throughout his career, the star also worked as a session musician for Diana Ross, and played guitar on a string of W.A.S.P albums.

As well as this, he wrote and produced Sweet Victory, for the 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants episode, Band Geeks.

The track, performed with Eisley, went on to appear in the SponeBob SquarePants soundtrack, The Yellow Album, released four years later.

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