KISS + Iron Maiden Bodyguard ‘Big’ John Harte Dead at 70
Harte's Feb. 11 death from cancer was confirmed by his agent, Michael Brandvol. On Sunday (Feb. 13), KISS and their core members, plus former guitarist Ace Frehley, honored Harte and offered sympathies.
See the tributes down near the bottom of this post.
"We are heartbroken at the passing of our long time friend and KISS security director John Harte," KISS jointly commented. "He was and is a legend in KISSWORLD. Our deepest condolences."
Frehley said, "He was my bodyguard and very good friend! He saved my life more than once! Wish I could have saved him."
Harte, who began writing a memoir last year, started working full-time for KISS in 1975 and toured with the band for the next eight years. After that, he spent much of the 1980s protecting Iron Maiden on the road. (His book is set for release next year.)
Harte was born John Joseph Harte III on Nov. 15, 1951, in Newark, N.J., per Blabbermouth. The older of two boys, he helped support his family after his mother died unexpectedly. Intending to become a musician, he played drums in a band before an encounter controlling a Grateful Dead audience led to his career.