Jon Bon Jovi Death Hoaxer Breaks His Silence
December 28, 2011
Jon Bon Jovi was the latest mega star to fall victim of a death hoax earlier this month. Now, the man who claims to have started the false rumors has revealed why he did it.
Pennsylvania musician Jeffrey Goho, 30, told the Asbury Park Press on Tuesday that he was the first to perpetrate the rocker's fake death news via his friend's Twitter account.
Why would Goho do such a thing? He said it was a hasty decision stemming from his frustration for the attention Bon Jovi had been receiving away from his music.
"All I heard was 'Bon Jovi this,' 'Bon Jovi's starting a restaurant,'" Goho told the publication. "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."
Following the post, apparently Bon Jovi fans somehow got a hold of Goho's email address despite the message being posted on his friend's account, because Goho claimed that his inbox soon filled with hate mail. These messages seemed to lead this misguided activist to a change of heart.
"Ultimately, the more thought that I gave to it after reading everyone's responses I realized that his endeavors, his business endeavors, have actually made the tri-state area prosper," said Goho. "Hence more musicians have more available places to go, more people to play to, and I was quite wrong."
On December 19, Jon Bon Jovi addressed the internet rumors by Tweeting, "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey" along with a time stamped photo.