Bon Jovi says daughter's suspected drug overdose a 'tragedy'

Reuters Middle East

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Singer Jon Bon Jovi called

his teenage daughter's apparent heroin overdose a "tragedy," and

said support for the family has been "incredible," in his first

public comments since Stephanie Bongiovi's arrest and release

last week.

"It's human. This tragedy was something that I had to face,

too, so we'll get through it," Bon Jovi told Fox television's

Los Angeles affiliate on Tuesday.

"People's incredible warm wishes for my family and I have

been really reassuring. So, we're good," the singer added.

Bongiovi, 19, was found unresponsive in a dorm room at

Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, last week due to a

suspected heroin overdose.

She was arrested on drug possession charges in connection

with the apparent overdose, but the charges were later dropped

as New York law prohibits the prosecution of people who had

overdosed and were in possession of small amounts of drugs.

She is the oldest of Bon Jovi's four children with wife

Dorothea Hurley.

Bon Jovi discussed the incident while promoting upcoming

December film "Stand Up Guys," starring Al Pacino, Christopher

Walken and Alan Arkin, for which he provided original songs.

"What I do for a living seems glitzy and glamorous, but if

you don't take it too seriously, it's a great way to make a

living," the singer said.

"And then life goes on. Things happen."

(Reporting By Eric Kelsey, Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy)

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