Jon Bon Jovi has long been considered the rock world’s preeminent family man. He’s raising four kids with his high school sweetheart and has managed to remain relatively scandal-free throughout his 30-year career. This week, however, his seemingly harmonious home life was shaken by his eldest child’s alleged drug overdose and subsequent arrest, the Utica Observer-Dispatch reported.
Stephanie Bongiovi, 19, was hospitalized Wednesday after reportedly overdosing on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm room in upstate Clinton, N.Y. An ambulance crew arrived at the school’s Dunham Hall at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday after receiving a report about an unresponsive female student, according to ABC News.
Bongiovi is now recovering at an unidentified hospital. After officers discovered a small amount of heroin at the scene, the Oneida Country Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant for the dorm room and found more heroin, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Bon Jovi’s only daughter has been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, which are all misdemeanors. She also faces a violation charge for unlawful possession of marijuana, according to the Observer-Dispatch.
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Ian S. Grant, a 21-year-old Hamilton College student, has also been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, the Observer-Dispatch reported. Both Bongiovi and Grant were issued summons to appear in court, the Associated Press noted.
“In addition to violating state law, the actions alleged to have been committed by the students violate Hamilton College policy,” Hamilton College officials said in a statement released to WKTV. “The college is cooperating with the police investigation. Our first concern is always for the safety of our students.”
The school said it will “not discuss individual health or disciplinary matters.”
Bongiovi joins the ranks of other celebrity offspring who have struggled with suspected drug problems. Redmond O’Neal, the son of Ryan O’Neal and Farah Fawcett, has faced several drug-related arrests, and Michael Douglas recently revealed that his son, Cameron, had been in and out of rehab since age 13.
Bon Jovi, who changed the spelling of his last name from Bongiovi early in his career, does not himself have a noted history of substance abuse. He said in a 2007 interview that he’d “wised up” about drugs at a very young age.