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Bon Jovi fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Legendary frontman Jon Bon Jovi is not dead as was widely reported on the blogosphere Monday. He is, in fact, alive and healthy.
The rockstar, 49, is the latest in a running list of celebrity death hoaxes, in which one false online report goes viral until people everywhere are grieving and sharing condolences on Twitter, Facebook and throughout the web.
Bon Jovi's death was first "reported" by the obviously fake-sounding Daily New Blog International, which claimed the singer was pronounced dead "after paramedics found him in a coma at his Empress Hotel." The story said Bon Jovi died of cardiac arrest at the "Jersey Shore Medical Center" (for the record, there is a Jersey Shore University Medical Center), where "hundreds of reporters gathered" in an impromptu vigil.
The shocking faux news of Bon Jovi's passing spread across the internet and was even trending on Twitter by Monday afternoon. So the rocker decided to take to his Facebook fan page to assure his fans that he is just fine.
Bon Jovi posted a photo of himself holding a dated sign that reads: "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey." He also posted the tweet, "Rest assured that Jon is alive and well! This photo was just taken." Case closed!