Veteran rockers Kiss have paid tribute to the band's former producer Kenny Kerner following his death. Kerner, who worked on the group's first two albums, Kiss and Hotter Than Hell, reportedly passed away after suffering complications relating to diabetes, and his passing has prompted an outpouring of condolences from the group. A statement posted on the KISS website reads, "We are shocked to hear of Kenny Kerner's passing. He was an early supporter of the band and co-produced our first two albums... He remained a friend till (sic) the end and we will never forget his contributions to our early years." Frontman Paul Stanley added in a message on his Twitter.com page, "RIP Kenny Kerner. He remained a friend till the end..." Kerner also worked with acts including Gladys Knight & the Pips and Badfinger throughout his career as a producer.