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Gene Simmons cries, shares regret at father's grave

June 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM ET

On Tuesday night’s “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” Simmons returned to his birthplace in Israel to attend to what he called “unfinished business.” That business included a heartbreaking visit to his father’s grave.

Despite having offered his father some financial support over the years, Simmons had never visited the man since his parents split when he was a small child. The estrangement became a point of regret for Simmons as a letter from his father was read aloud at the cemetary.

“My very dear son, in the beginning of my letter I must thank you for your very helpful support of me,” the message read.

While the letter went on to praise Simmons’ children and partner, Shannon Tweed, the rocker broke down.

“I was so stupid,” he cried. “I don’t know why I didn’t go to see him.”

Eventually Simmons was left alone, except for the cameras, as he fell to his knees and repeated, “I’m so sorry.”

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