Yesterday, fans of the “Leaving on a prayer” rocker were about to suffer a shock, as a rumor on Twitter claimed the Bon Jovi passed away after suffering a heart attack. Fortunately, it was all a fake press release and Jon Bon Jovi is not dead.
The Twitter frenzy regarding Bon Jovi’s death seems to have started from the website dailynewbloginternational, which reported the rocker to have been “pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Empress Hotel.
The horrific story was only a fake press release, but it sure looked to be the real deal, as reporters with dailynewbloginternational told it. Paramedics responded to a 911 call from the home, and when they arrived the star was already without breath. According to the website, paramedics performed CPR and took the celebrity to Jersey Shore Medical Center.
Reporters with the website say they got their news from The Times and New Jersey Fire Department-First Aid Captain Douglas Gray. However, the L.A. Times shows that the post is actually very similar to a 2009 Times story about Michael Jackson’s death and The Times has nothing to do with the false report.
The news rapidly leaked from the original website and generated a frenzy on Twitter. The star himself heard the news and had the spirits to tweet a picture of himself in front of a Christmas tree holding the following message: “Heaven Looks A lot like New Jersey Dec 19th 2011, 6:00”. The picture was taken by Bon Jovi’s photographer friend David Bergman, who said: “I happened to be with Jon Bon Jovi when we heard rumors of his death. He’s alive and well and I shot this to prove it”.
Meanwhile, those involved in the false report are looking into the matter and trying to see who is behind dailynewbloginternational. The fact is that the post talking about Bon Jovi’s death is the only one published and there’s not much info available.
All in all, Bon Jovi fans can rest assured their star is alive and well while the famous rocker can now be added to the list of celebrities killed on Twitter, such as Etta James, Britney Spears, Fred Savage, Hugh Hefner and even Jim Carrey.