Facebook Reacts to Bon Jovi Death Hoax
Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. In fact, the singer/songwriter is alive and well preparing for the holidays with his wife and children in Red Bank.
That fact didn't stop an internet hoax from running wild on Tuesday as rumors of the local rocker's untimely demise spread across websites and through social media like wildfire.
The rumor originated on a blog called "Daily News Blog International." The false report was taken for fact by many members of the public who perpetuated the website's ruse by sharing the story.
Not long after the rumor reached critical mass, Bon Jovi confirmed that he was alive on his Facebook page, posting a picture of himself holding a sign that read "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey."
The general public has an alarming tendency to believe almost anything it is told on the internet and that naivety helped to spread a lie that had thousands of Bon Jovi fans "Livin' on a Prayer." Here are a few examples of how people reacted to the initial death report and the later revelation that it was a hoax on Facebook.com.