A bitter Pennsylvania musician was the one who started the Jon Bon Jovi is dead rumour just before Christmas.
Jeffrey Goho from the band Minutia was pissed off when he heard Bon Jovi had opened a restaurant and was appearing in Advil commercials so he started the rumour and it spread fast.
Goho’s Twitter prank had Bon Jovi in a coma at a hotel in New Jersey and then the story went viral. In no time at all, the false death report was retweeted to the point where Jon Bon Jovi himself had to issue a statement to say it was false.
Jon took it in good humour. He posted a photo of himself standing in front of a Christmas tree with the date December 19th, 2011, 6:00 to extinguish the rumour.
30-year old Goho was equally surprised it went so far. “I never really thought it would get out of Pennsylvania,” he commented.
But the fans are not so forgiving. On the Minutia Facebook fans are posting comments like “SHIT BAND!! JEalous of Bon Jovi’s success are we?? Hmm…..”
The band is unrepentant. “I honestly don’t see the big deal. It was a stupid (and hilarious) prank that people (you know who you are) are blowing way out of proportion. I don’t get why people keep saying that “I’m sorry isn’t enough”. Its not like Jeff actually tried to kill Bon Jovi. Nobody really got hurt here so can people stop being so butt-hurt over this and start focusing on more important things?”.
In another prank earlier today they posted, “BREAKING NEWS: Minutia has been commissioned to record a single in response to the Bon Jovi hoax which surfaced on December 19th, 2011. Recording is set to begin January 1, 2012. The song will be titled “No Regrets”. Acclaimed French producer and Candlelight Records affiliated Kevin Pandele arrived at The Philadelphia International Airport late December 28th, 2011 to act as co-producer with a celebrity name that, as of now, has yet to be revealed. Release date TBA. Recording for Minutia’s debut album has been temporarily postponed. More information to come”.