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Jon Bon Jovi was left reeling when he received news that his 19-year-old daughter Stephanie Bongiovi had been rushed to hospital suffering a heroin overdose.

But the Livin' on a Prayer rocker has spoken for the first time about the family crisis saying, "Things happen."

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"This tragedy was something that I had to face too so we'll get through it," he told Fox 11 on Wednesday.

"And people's warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So, we're good."

The 50-year-old's teen was arrested for drug possession after the November 14 incident at Hamilton College in New York, but those charges were later dropped.

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"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," Jon added. "And then life goes on. Things happen."

Jon has three other children with his with Dorothea Hurley who he has been married to for 23 years.

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