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Bon Jovi Speaks About Daughter's OD

The rocker "had no idea" about Stephanie Bongiovi's "sudden and steep decline" with drugs.

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By McCarton Ackerman

12/04/12

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Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is speaking out about his daughter's recent heroin overdose, revealing he had been in the dark about her struggles with drugs. Nineteen-year-old Stephanie Bongiovi was hospitalized and charged with drug possession after being found unresponsive in her dorm room at Hamilton College in upstate New York in November. "I'm shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea," says Bon Jovi, who expresses gratitude to his friends and fans for their support. "But then you surround them with best help and love and move on, and that's where we're at with it," he says. "Steph is a great kid...she was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that's the end of it. But who knew? I've got three more (children) to come." This is not the first time that addiction has hit close to home for the singer/songwriter. His band mate Richie Sambora bounced in and out of rehab for alcoholism before his teenage daughter inspired him to finally get sober last year. And while Bon Jovi has dabbled with substances in the past, he says the druggy life wasn't for him. "I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much," he says. "I've never been a drug guy. I've always felt I didn't have the mental stability to handle drugs."

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