Jon Bon Jovi latest victim of celebrity death hoax

Posted Dec 19, 2011 by Leigh Goessl
Rumors spread through social media networks today about the purported death of singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi after a fake 'press release' rapidly spread.
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
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TMZ posted this evening, "Bon Jovi's rep says the singer is alive and well and performing at a charity event. He may be livin' on a prayer, but he's still livin'. "
CNN confirms the news with a tweet, by CNNshowbiz CNN Entertainment, which said, "Jon Bon Jovi is not dead -- rep tells #CNN he's alive, well and doing another charity event tonight."
A fake report posted on a blog was swiftly spread through Twitter. Additionally, thousands of 'likes' of the fake report showed up on Facebook.
The falsified post appeared in a blog that calls itself "dailynewbloginternational" and stated, "Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi (John Francis Bongiovi, Jr) was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Empress Hotel, city and law enforcement of Asbury Park, NJ sources told The Times after World Christmas Tour concert on The Bamboozle Festival,North Beach Asbury Park."
From this report, rumors were extracted and spread the 'news' that Bon Jovi had stopped breathing and had suffered cardiac arrest.
Throughout the day the fake report was retweeted a "whole bunch of times," reported
Bon Jovi is, by far, not the first victim of a celebrity death hoax. A few weeks ago Will Smith was a victim of a death hoax. Over time many celebrity fake 'reports' have emerged on social networks. It is also not uncommon for recycled stories of fake deaths to appear swapping out the celebrity's name.