The 19-year-old daughter of legendary rocker Jon Bon Jovi overdosed on heroin at her "Little Ivy" upstate New York college Wednesday and was arrested as she recuperated at a hospital, police said.
Stephanie Bongiovi, the only daughter of the glam metal maestro, was found unconscious in the Dunham Hall dorm on the campus of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., shortly before 2 a.m., police said.
Fellow New Jersey native Ian S. Grant, also a Hamilton undergraduate, made the frantic call for help but was later arrested in connection with the frightening incident, cops said.
"She was unresponsive when we arrived," investigator Peter Cania of the Town of Kirkland Police said. "They rushed her to a hospital."
Investigators found heroin at the scene and recovered marijuana and glassine envelopes after obtaining a search warrant, he said.
Bongiovi was arrested at the hospital on charges of misdemeanor possession of the heroin, misdemeanor marijuana possession, criminally using drug paraphernalia and a violation related to the marijuana, Cania said.
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Jon Bon Jovi with his 19-year-old daughter, Stephanie Rose Bongiovi.
"She was issued an appearance ticket at the hospital and released. It constituted an arrest, but she was not handcuffed," he said. "She has yet to be fingerprinted and photographed. She'll do that at court when she returns for arraignment."
A rep for her rock royalty parents declined to comment, but a friend said Bongiovi has been on a destructive path.
"Stephanie has been undergoing a drug problem for quite some time. Friends and family have been worried about her and unsuccessful in getting her to rehab," the friend told the Daily News Wednesday.
"She wasn't listening to anyone. Sometimes her friends wouldn't hear from her for weeks. We were all scared for her but didn't know what to do," the friend said.
Grant, 21, was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.
He was processed at the Kirkland Police Station and released back to Hamilton pending a court appearance at a later date.
The shaggy-haired student is from the same Red Bank/Middletown section of New Jersey as Bongiovi and was an honors student at Middletown High School North, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The geoscience major works as a lab assistant in Hamilton's biology department and hopes to attend law school and "become involved in environmental law," his profile states.
Grant did not respond to a request for comment.
Bon Jovi, 50, is set to perform on a Times Square stage Dec. 5 for a concert benefiting Hamilton's scholarships and arts programs.
"In addition to violating state law, the actions alleged to have been committed by the students violate Hamilton College policy," a college spokesperson said in a written statement.
"The college is cooperating with the police investigation," the statement continued. "Our first concern is always for the safety of our students."
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She was lucky to pull through this...playing with fire. As someone who has watched a loved one battle drug addiction, I can tell you that it takes a serious toll on family members who feel helpless and, at times, guilty. I stood in the trenches with my brother, who was near the brink of death when my Mother's terminal illness was the push that got him into rehab...he had a moment of clarity and said "enough, I want to be here for her". He will be accepting his 7 year "clean and sober" cake in the Spring. I'm so proud and happy to have him back.
But, during his drug use he almost put us over the edge....he'd been badly beaten by dealers, had them calling my parent's home (threatening them as well) and my Dad often met them in back alleys to pay off thousands in drug debts. I followed him once (he didn't know), ready to ?...as I sat in the dark parking lot, I wondered that aloud - "what the hell will I do if something awful goes down?". But I was considering my options as I sat there in my car, across the street in a parking lot watching my Father hand over retirement savings to these thugs. He feared that if he didn't, they'd follow through on their promises.
My brother was always a really awesome individual. He was a gifted artist, a really talented baseball pitcher and a super kind, funny guy. He didn't plan on becoming addicted to (crack?...he never would tell me and, to this day, says it doesn't matter what it was). No one could believe what was happening to him, as he changed into someone that pushed friends away and became jumpy, nervous, impatient and loud. It snuck up on us and he was in the full throes of things before we really knew what happened. Ha, we thought he was suffering the after affects of a ruptured appendix that nearly killed him. In hindsight, we've put all the puzzle pieces together to recognize what was happening at the time - we completely missed it in the moment, as he was spiraling downward. Lost his house, wife and his child for a time (they're currently rebuilding that relationship). He's back to hunting and fishing full time, and is a successful foreman of a demolition team. Has bought himself a new truck and is happier than I've ever seen him. But he almost didn't make it and was a far cry from any of this at his lowest point. I remember it well, as he turned on me...something he'd never done.
He always loved a beer with the guys - was easy going and the life of the party. But a moment where he took a hit of something swallowed him up and nearly took him from us. He says it was just like that - one hit and he was "in".
I spent a decade working the front lines of an alcohol and drug abuse center - but even I missed the initial signs, as my brother was good at explanations of what was making him the way he was. We bought it, hook line and sinker and, by the time we realized that it was drug abuse that was changing him, it was too late. Not that family members can do much, as it has to be the decision of the addict to change. What we could have done differently was not enable him, which we did.
If there's a message here, it's make good decisions because a split second one could change your life for ever. Or, even worse, take it from you.
Sorry for the TLDR post, but I feel so strongly about this. And it's a good topic of discussion, as no one is immune.