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Hawk Rock News – 8/13/14

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Gene Simmons says that new immigrants coming to America need to learn English. Simmons, who was born in Israel and emigrated to the U.S. when he was eight years old, spoke frankly to The Huffington Post, saying, “I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said because the politically-correct climate is bull***. You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak god**** English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak god**** English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”

The Kiss bassist went on to explain: “In America, I’ve learned that you have a certain fiduciary duty to learn how to speak English, get rid of your accent. . . I did. . . be a legal immigrant. . . I’m a legal immigrant. Come to the country, buckle your knees a little bit, make the effort to learn the culture and assimilate to the point that you can. You’re all proud of who you are and where you come from. . . just tip your hat to America, the melting pot, that makes it all possible.”

  • Nearly 40 years after the band’s 1975 breakthrough album Alive!, Kiss is still on the road selling out on a global scale, touring this summer with Def Leppard and gearing up for a solo Las Vegas run. Gene Simmons recalled that at the time of Alive’s release, the band’s label Casablanca was completely against the album being released — for fear it would bankrupt them: “We were on our last legs, Casablanca was gonna go belly-up. We didn’t get paid for the album — in fact, when we told the record company we were gonna do a live record, they didn’t want to do that, because live records didn’t work. In those days, a live album was a liability. You did that after your career was over.”
  • Kiss and Def Leppard perform tonight (August 13th) in Darien, New York at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.


The Marin County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference on Tuesday (August 12) to offer some additional information surrounding the death of Robin Williams. Lieutenant Keith Boyd confirmed that the preliminary cause of death was, in fact, suicide through asphyxiation by hanging. The officer also explained that the Oscar winner had been in treatment for depression but HIPAA prevented him from going into additional details.

  • Toxicology and the final forensic results will be released at a later date.
  • Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family.


  • …On the 911 call:

“On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The caller was distraught and indicated an apparent suicide due to a hanging had taken place and rigor mortis had set in.”

  • …On identifying the body:

“The male subject, pronounced deceased by firefighters from the Tiburon Fire Department at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.”

  • …On the timeframe of his death:

“At approximately 10:30 am on August 11, 2014 Mr. Williams’ wife left the home believing Mr. Williams to still be asleep. Mr. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11:45 am when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. At that time the personal assistant was able to gain access to Mr. Williams’ bedroom and entered the bedroom to find Mr. Williams clothed in a seated position, unresponsive, and with a belt secured around his neck with the other end of the belt wedged between the closed closet door and door frame.”

  • …On finding evidence:

“The inside of Mr. Williams’ left wrist had several acute superficial transverse cuts. A pocket knife with a closed blade was located in close proximity to Mr. Williams. The pocket knife was examined and dry red material was located on the blade which appeared consistent to dried blood. It is unknown at this time if the dried red material is in fact blood or if it is Mr. Williams’ blood, but scientific testing will be conducted to evaluate its investigative value.”

  • …On the preliminary findings:

“The forensic examination, conducted by Dr. Joseph Cohen who is the Sheriff’s Office Chief Forensic Pathologist, did not reveal any injuries indicating Mr. Williams had been in a struggle or physical altercation prior to him being located deceased. The preliminary results of the forensic examination revealed supporting physical signs that Mr. Williams life ended from asphyxia due to hanging.”

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