Bon Jovi’s Mother Passes Away at 83: Heartfelt Tribute from Jon

Long Branch, New Jersey – Carol Bongiovi, known as “Mom Jovi” to fans of the Bon Jovi band, passed away at the age of 83 on Tuesday at Monmouth Medical Center. Her son, Jon Bon Jovi, announced her death three days before her 84th birthday, expressing how her spirit and can-do attitude shaped their family and how greatly she will be missed. No cause of death was provided.

Carol Bongiovi, alongside her husband John Bongiovi, Sr., played a significant role in her son’s life and music career. Her presence in the family and band lore was highlighted when Jon Bon Jovi featured a large black-and-white portrait of his parents in his 2021 “Story of Love” music video. Their lasting influence on him was evident in his journey as a musician.

Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Carol and her husband later settled in Sayreville, NJ, where Jon Bon Jovi was born in 1962. She was instrumental in nurturing her son’s early interest in performing and musical talents, shaping the beginnings of his successful career. Despite her passing, her legacy lives on through her husband, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.

Carol Bongiovi’s unique background as a former Marine, florist, and one of the first Playboy bunnies set her apart from other rock stars’ mothers. Her multifaceted life experiences undoubtedly influenced her son’s approach to his craft and his ability to turn dreams into reality. Her unwavering support and encouragement were pivotal in Jon Bon Jovi’s development as a musician.

The family has chosen to keep funeral services private, with arrangements being handled by the Holmdel Funeral Home. A tribute page has been set up for those who wish to offer messages of condolences. The legacy of Carol Bongiovi, a beloved figure in the Bon Jovi fan community, will continue to inspire future generations through her son’s music and enduring impact on the industry.