Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Jon Bon Jovi dead? No way, says rocker

Singer posts photo of Facebook to prove Twitter talk is false

Jon Bon Jovi dead? Not quite, as this Facebook photo clearly shows.

Jon Bon Jovi wants everyone to know that reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated.

A random blog post claiming the New Jersey singer suffered from cardiac arrest ignited a fire on Twitter Monday.

To assure fans he was perfectly okay, the 49-year-old rocker posted a photo of himself on Facebook holding a hand-written sign stating, "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey."

The date, Dec. 19, 2011, along with the time was also included.

"Rest assured that Jon is alive and well!" a post that accompanied the photo declared.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the false story, first posted on a WordPress blog called, "dailynewbloginternational," seemed to take text from one of their stories about Michael Jackson's 2009 death.

Social media has led to a rash of fake celebrity death stories.

Bill Cosby was hounded repeatedly by claims that he died. He eventually took to Twitter and even called in to CNN to plead that it stop, after one report reached his daughter and caused a panic.

Bill Cosby has also fallen victim to fake Internet claims that he was dead.

"People are not amused by this," Cosby said in August 2010.

Other celebrities who weren't dead yet, despite Internet claims, include Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber, Eddie Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford and Jeff Goldblum.

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