The family of late KISS drummer Eric Carr are thanking Paul Stanley for his support following reports this week that they were involved in a newly-filed lawsuit against the band over unpaid royalties to Carr’s estate.
“Hi Paul, This is Eric's sister Loretta, my family and I would like to thank you for coming out so quickly in my families defense,” began the note. “We were just as shocked as you, When we saw that nonsense article in the paper. I was at a loss, we knew nothing about this. So thank you for helping to put out the fire and hopefully stopping the negative comments online about my family.”
“My brother loved KISS and would have never done anything that would hurt the band,” she continued. “We have respected that and will continue to keep his memory with KISS in a positive light.”
“Congratulations on the Hall of Fame!,” added Loretta. “We know you are trying, to include all, but no matter what may happens, We know Eric is smiling and proud to have been in such a great band. Sincerely, The Caravello Family.”
Carr – born Paul Caravello – joined KISS in 1980 following the departure of original drummer Peter Criss; he recorded eight albums with the group before his death from cancer in 1991.
Mark Abbattista, attorney for the Carr family, issued a statement Wednesday denying the family’s involvement in the lawsuit and clarifying the actions he has taken against the parties involved.
“It came to our attention through a variety of different media outlets that a legal proceeding was filed against the band KISS purporting to be on behalf of the ‘The Estate of Eric Carr’ and the ‘late KISS drummer’s heirs’, said Abbattista. “This proceeding was filed by a non-related third party without any knowledge, authorization or consent of anyone in the Carr family.”
“The filing party’s attorney has been contacted and ordered to cease and desist from any further statements, actions or allusions purporting to be on behalf of, or in any way relating, directly or indirectly, to Eric Carr and/or the Carr family,” he added.
Read Abbattista’s full statement on behalf of the Carr family here and learn details about the alleged lawsuit here.
On April 10, KISS will be inducted into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York, along with Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.
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