By Lanford Beard
Updated December 20, 2011 at 05:53 PM EST
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Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. Yesterday, 49-year-old rocker Jon Bon Jovi was the latest casualty of Internet rumors claiming he had died of a massive heart attack. Before fans could indulge in too much gnashing of teeth or plan an epic 21-can Aquanet salute synced to “Blaze of Glory,” Bon Jovi himself took to Facebook and Twitter to set the record straight with a cheeky pic (right) of himself holding a sign that read “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey Dec. 19, 2011 6:00.”

For someone who was taken in by the scam for about 5.8 seconds, all I can say is “Crisis averted!” It did get me thinking, though. Not unlike the completely unexpected death of Steve Irwin in 2006, Bon Jovi’s passing over would have been a total blindside. He’s still so active in philanthropy, acting, and — of course — music, that such a blow would have hurt even a bit more.

Do you agree? Did you get swept up in the rumors? What Bon Jovi performance would you have turned to in mourning? For me, it would have been a one-two punch of New Jersey‘s “Born To Be My Baby” and Moonlight and Valentino. As a little thanks to JBJ for still, well, being alive, feel free to share your best Bon Jovi memories in the comments.

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