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Jon Bon Jovi Heartbroken by Mother's Death, Writes Heartfelt Tribute

Jon Bon Jovi Heartbroken by Mother’s Death, Writes Heartfelt Tribute

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Carol A. Bongiovi passed away just three days before her 84th birthday at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. Her son, Jon Bon Jovi, expressed his sorrow in a family statement, describing Carol as “a force to be reckoned with.”

Jon attributed the success of the Bongiovi household to her “spirit and can-do attitude,” and noted that her presence will be deeply missed. Carol was a notable figure, not just as Jon Bon Jovi’s mother, but also as a serial entrepreneur and the founder of the Bon Jovi fan club. Her excellence was mirrored in Jon’s successful music career.

Carol joined the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s, where she met John’s father, John Bongiovi Sr. The couple later moved to Sayreville and eventually settled in Holmdel, New Jersey, where Carol remained until her passing. She played a pivotal role in inspiring Jon’s musical journey, gifting him his first acoustic guitar at the age of seven.

Carol’s career was diverse; she even worked as a Playboy bunny in Manhattan, supported by her husband, whom John affectionately called a “hip cat” during his club performances. Jon acknowledges that his ability to dream big stemmed from his parents, particularly Carol, who taught him the importance of consistency in achieving his dreams. With a mother like Carol, there was no stopping his ambitions.

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When Jon was 17, Carol and his father encouraged him to perform at various gigs, helping him build his stage confidence well before he faced global audiences. Balancing work and education, Jon often got home at midnight only to prepare for school by daybreak. His parents’ support made this grueling schedule more manageable.

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Carol and her husband’s nearly seven-decade-long commitment to their marriage inspired Jon to prioritize his own relationship. He has been married to Dorothea Hurley for 40 years, attributing their lasting bond to mutual respect and enjoying each other’s company.

Carol is survived by Jon, his two brothers Matthew and Anthony, their wives, and multiple grandchildren.

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