According to the Asbury Park Press, Jeffrey Goho of the Philadelphia-area metal band MINUTIA claims to have started the Jon Bon Jovi death hoax because he felt the singer’s non-musical pursuits were taking time way from the things that really mattered.
Goho posted a fake press release on a WordPress blogging site stating that Jon Bon Jovi had died after he was found in a coma in an Asbury Park hotel on December 19.
“I’m in a band as well, and I was going into the recording studio, and we had talked about how the music industry just started taking a turn into crazy new worlds that no one, really, can assess,” said Goho. “Long story short, I was talking to my band members on their down time, 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.
“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.’ So I’m not proud of it. I’m getting a lot of backlash from it, but as stupid as it sounds, that’s how it started. I just had a blurb and went with it.”
According to Goho, his e-mail account was spammed following the hoax.
“Please stop sending attached hate mail to my fellow band members,” Goho posted on his Facebook page. “They are in no way involved.”
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