A spate of rumors of 49-year-old Bon Jovi’s demise began on Monday when the Daily New Blog International reported he “was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Empress Hotel, city and law enforcement of Asbury Park”.
“New Jersey Fire Department-First Aid Captain Douglas Gray told The Times that paramedics responded to a 911 call from the home. When they arrived, Bon Jovi was not breathing,” said the source.
“The paramedics performed CPR and took Bon Jovi to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Hundreds of reporters gathered at the hospital awaiting word on his condition. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Bon Jovi team rushed to Bon Jovi’s bedside, where he suffered Cardiac arrest.”
The rumors followed the tragic news claiming actor Adam Sandler died in a terrible snowboarding accident and Will Smith fell off of a cliff while mountain climbing in New Zealand.
Of course, all of this stuff was only true for a few hours on Twitter.
The rock idol posted a photo of himself, standing in front of a Christmas tree, on Facebook on Monday with a sign saying, “‘Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey’ -jbj.” He added, “Rest assured that Jon is alive and well! This photo was just taken.”
By the way, the photo on Facebook “liked” more than 56,000 people. Bon Jovi alive and as well as his band which has top-grossing tours. The rocker recently graced Billboard’s October cover, saying that it’s his “passion” which has driven the group’s successful multi-decade career.
“The intent wasn’t that I picked up a guitar to make money,” the rock star said. “I loved the idea of learning to play and perform, and then when I chose it as a career path, it was only for the passion. The by-product of that was we were very successful and, subsequently, not only earned but kept our money, as opposed to so many other artists you read about that weren’t as lucky.”
Bon Jovi is the latest star in a long list of celebrities who have suffered from hoax rumors on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. For example, in 2009, Kanye West was announced to be killed in a “bizarre car crash”.
Bill Cosby was also a victim of social media rumors. When claimed dead he took to Twitter and even urged CNN to plead that it stop, after one report had read his daughter that caused a panic.
“People are not amused by this,” Cosby said in summer 2010. The tendency to spread the rumors of celebrities is an old one.
In 2007 some information posted online announced that Paris Hilton had died while in jail. One article looked like a CNN page, claimed she had been stabbed. One more article, disguised to look like Australia’s ABC network, reported the star had committed suicide. Paris Hilton was in jail at the time, but she was definitely still alive.
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were also reported dead in a car crash (just like Eminem in 2000). But a few months later Britney Spears’s death was reported again.
In this second case a twenty-two-year-old hacker named Tim Fries managed to make it appear as if the report of her death was on CNN’s website, thus adding far more credibility to the story. [Via Billboard]