BON JOVI Death Rumor Started by Musician of Band Minutia
The individual responsible for spreading the rumor that rocker/actor Jon Bon Jovi’s had died is a a musician from Pennsylvania named Jeffrey Goho.
Goho, a vocalist for the band Minutia, told The Asbury Park Press that he started the rumor because he was perturbed that all news about Bon Jovi — including opening his new restaurant and appearing in Advil commercials — had nothing to do with the singer’s music career.
“All I heard was ‘Bon Jovi this,’ ‘Bon Jovi’s starting a restaurant,’ ” Goho told the paper. “What was the latest one? The Advil commercial? It was like, ‘Jeez, [Bon Jovi] was a household name due to music, not business.’ ”
The rumor reported that the singer was found in a coma at the Empress Hotel in Asbury Park. It then said hundreds of reporters were camped outside Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune awaiting news of his condition. The report referred to a bogus press release as a source.
Jon Bon Jovi posted a picture of himself that evening under a Christmas tree holding a sign that said, “Heaven Looks a Lot Like New Jersey,” and appeared with Bobby Bandiera at the Hope Show in Red Bank that night, where he cracked several jokes about his untimely demise.
Since then, Goho has been doing damage control by requesting that fans stop trashing his band on their Facebook page.
“Please stop sending attached hate mail to my fellow band members,” Goho wrote on his status update. “They are in no way involved.”
He implied that he was getting a “s#$tload of backlash from my most recent stunt,” on his Facebook page too.
Goho told the Asbury Park Press that he realizes now that Bon Jovi’s “household name” status has “made the tri-state area prosper, hence more musicians having more available places to go, more people to play to, and I was quite wrong.”
He did acknowledge that he has gained some new fans from the incident, “but it wasn’t my initial intention. I never really thought it would get out of the state of Pennsylvania.”