Rock performer who rose to fame for hits such as "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Living on a Prayer," and "Blaze of Glory," which won an American Music Award in 1991.
He skipped school to record music with his cousin at The Power Station. He went on to work as a janitor at that same studio until he had his big break.
His band gained recognition after releasing Slippery When Wet, which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in the late 1980s.
His mother, a Playboy-Bunny-turned-florist, raised him alongside his brothers, Anthony and Matthew. He got married to Dorothea Hurley on April 29, 1989, and they had four children together: Stephanie, Jesse, Jacob, and Romeo.
He campaigned for Al Gore during the 2000 Presidential election and became a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions in 2010.