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Jon Bon Jovi Mourning the Loss of His Mom, Carol Bongiovi

Jon Bon Jovi has paid a heartfelt tribute to his mother, Carol Bongiovi, who passed away on Tuesday at 83 years old.

On Wednesday, the rock musician shared a poignant clip on Instagram from his music video for “Story of Love.” The video shows Bon Jovi playing the guitar, accompanied by touching family photos and home videos. “Momma. We carry you with us. Always,” he captioned the post.

“Story of Love,” featured on Bon Jovi’s eponymous band’s album 2020, was inspired by his family. “I sat down to write a song for my children. I realized I was writing it about my entire family, my children, my wife, and my parents,” Bon Jovi said in a press statement at the time.

The song’s lyrics resonate deeply, including verses such as, “Fathers love daughters like mothers love sons / They’ve been writing our story before there was one / From the day you arrive, ’til you walk, ’til you run / There is nothin’ but pride, there is nothin’ but love.”

Bongiovi passed away at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. In a touching statement shared with multiple outlets, Bon Jovi remarked, “Our mother was a force to be reckoned with, her spirit and can-do attitude shaped this family.”

In the recent Hulu docuseries Thank You, Goodnight – The Bon Jovi Story, Bon Jovi shared how his mother played a pivotal role in introducing him to music. “My mom was a florist, and she had a little gift shop at one point, and somehow she brought an acoustic guitar home and the Roy Clark learn-at-home guitar book and record,” he recalled. “I was 7, 8 years old so I had no desire. I remember throwing it down the basement stairs and breaking a tuning pick. But as you hit 12 and 13 years old and you’re listening to the AM radio and the pop songs, you start liking them, and you start singing along a little bit — that’s when I found music in my own way.”

Source: People, Rolling Stone