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Musician Started Bon Jovi Death Hoax

Pennsylvania man was frustrated the singer was focusing on business instead of music

December 28, 2011 2:45 PM ET
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Jon Bon Jovi attends the 'New Year's Eve' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.
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A Pennsylvania musician has admitted to starting the recent rumor about the death of Jon Bon Jovi through a friend's Twitter account. Jeffrey Goho told the Asbury Park Press that he was frustrated the rock star appeared to be concentrating on business endeavors that have nothing to do with music.

"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.'"

Goho said he has since come to understand 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's gotten some backlash for the incident, he said, but has also gained some fans. "None of this was expected, so I'm not going to sit here and complain about it," said Goho, "but it wasn't my initial intention. I never really thought it would get out of the state of Pennsylvania."

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