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Jon Bon Jovi is ready to open up about his daughter's heroin overdose. The father of 19-year-old Stephanie Rose Bongiovi says in a new interview that he is appreciative of the support people have given his family in this difficult time.
"This tragedy was something that I had to face too, so we'll get through it," the 50-year-old rocker tells Fox 11. "And people's incredible warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So, we're good."
He says, "It's human. What I do for a living, it seems glitzy and glamorous but if you don't take it too seriously it's a great way to make a living. And then life goes on. Things happen."
Bongiovi was found unconscious in a Hamilton College dorm room on Nov. 14 after police were called due to an alleged heroin overdose. She and 21-year-old Ian S. Grant were arrested on three misdemeanor counts and Bongiovi was brought to the hospital to recover. They were both ordered to return to court at a later date, and small quantities of heroin were found in the dorm room.
However, the drug charges against both students were dropped due to a New York law that stipulates that those experiencing a drug overdose can't be punished for possession of drugs.
"By law, they have immunity. I can’t prosecute them even if I wanted to," the local District Attorney said at the time. "To proceed would be highly inappropriate and highly unethical, and would jeopardize my opportunity to practice in the future."
Stephanie is the eldest of Bon Jovi's four children with wife Dorothea Hurley. They also are parents to Jesse James Louis, 17, Jacob Hurley, 10, and Romeo Jon, 8.