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LAPD Task Force Serves Search Warrant at Home of KISS Rocker Gene Simmons

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Los Angeles police executed a search warrant at the home of KISS rocker Gene Simmons Thursday, but authorities said neither he nor anyone in his family is a suspect in the investigation.

Police would not discuss details of the investigation, which is being carried out by the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Image: Gene Simmons, a member of the rock band Kiss, poses during an announcement that Kiss and Def Leppard will team up this summer for a 42-city North American tour, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California
Rock star Gene Simmons JONATHAN ALCORN / Reuters

"No one in the Simmons family is a suspect in this investigation," an LAPD official said.

A representative for Simmons said Thursday that police "visited Mr. and Mrs. Simmons at their home to discuss a crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Mr. Simmons was away on tour with KISS."

"Neither Mr. Simmons nor any member of his family is a person of interest in the investigation and they are cooperating fully with the investigation," the statement said. "At this time, the police have requested that Mr. Simmons and his family not discuss the investigation publicly so as not to compromise it."

Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, thanked supporters in a Twitter message late Thursday. She did not say what crime may have occurred, but said "We couldn't be more horrified that someone used our residence for such heinous crimes." She later added, "don't forget to change your passwords!"

Simmons co-founded the band KISS in the 1970s and is the band's bassist and co-singer. Performing with elaborate makeup and personas, KISS attracted a huge following and their hits include "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud" and others.

They were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.