Jon Bon Jovi mourns mother

Jon Bon Jovi's mother has died.

The 62-year-old singer has paid tribute to Carol A. Bongiovi and remembered her as a "force to be reckoned with" after she passed away on Tuesday (09.07.24) at the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, just three days before her 84th birthday.

Jon told People magazine in a statement on behalf of his family: "Our mother was a force to be reckoned with, her spirit and can-do attitude shaped this family. She will be greatly missed."

The former Playboy bunny - who met her husband John Bongiovi Sr. after enlisting in the US Marine Corps in 1959 - was the founder of Bon Jovi's fan club and operated several other businesses while raising her family in New Jersey.

As well as Jon, his wife Dorothea, and their four children, Carol is survived by her husband, their two other sons, Anthony and Matthew, and their respective families.

The 'Always' singer previously praised his parents for their encouraging attitude and giving him "the ability to make the dream reality", even if it meant performing late at night while still having school the next morning.

He told Big Issue magazine: “Even if you truly weren’t any good at your craft, if you believed you were, you could work on it.

"As I got older I realized that was a great gift that I got from my folks.

"They truly believed in the John Kennedy mantra of going to the moon. ‘Yeah, of course you can go to the moon. Just go, Johnny.’ And there I went.

"They were always supportive of me, which in retrospect, was incredible. Because I could get home at one or two in the morning, and have to still be in school by eight o’clock. They just said, show up on time for school, you know that is your responsibility, but pursue your dream."