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Bon Jovi Death Hoax Backfires On Instigator

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A couple weeks ago, rumors hit the internet that Jon Bon Jovi, the man with that New Jersey smile, was dead! Well, of course this turned out to be false. The rumor was started by Jeffrey Goho of Fairless Hills, Pa.  His reason for giving Jon’s life a bad name? Apparently, Goho, who is himself a musician, was so fed up with Jon and the band Bon Jovi‘s non-musical activities, that he decided a death rumor was in order.

In a recent interview with The Asbury Park Press, he stated  “I’m in a band as well,  and we had talked about how the music industry just started taking a turn into crazy new worlds that no one, really, can assess. All I heard was ‘Bon Jovi this,’ ‘Bon Jovi’s starting a restaurant.’ What was the latest one? The Advil commercial [featuring Bon Jovi]? It was like, ‘Jeez, [Bon Jovi] was a household name due to the music, not the business.”

But what could he possibly hope this would accomplish?  “Long story short, I was talking to my band members  and we got so worked up in the conversation, I just kind of took the liberty and started [the rumor], because I was so irritated.”  He adds: “I’m not proud of it. I’m getting a lot of backlash from it.”

Following the phony report that claimed he was in Jersey Shore University Medical Center with hundreds of reporters awaiting word on his condition, JBJ posted a photo to his Facebook page of himself holding a sign which read “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.”

Within 24 hours of his false tweet, Goho’s email account was “slammed” with hate mail. “I started this whole little thing and then, what I noticed, a few of the hate mails I got were actually saying that I was doing the same thing that fueled my initial reason to tweet it, because they were calling me a businessman,” he said. “And I was like, ‘No, no, no, I didn’t do this for a business endeavor, I’m irritated.’ So I almost kind of hurt myself.”

Goho’s claims that his intent was not to gain attention for his band, Minutia. “It wasn’t initially the case. Now, I’m not going to lie either, I’ve also gotten some fans out of this,” he said. “That was unexpected.  I never really thought it would get out of Pennsylvania.”

Just goes to show once again, don’t believe everything you read and only half of what you see!

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