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Singer Jon Bon Jovi performs with the rock band Bon Jovi on stage at the Palladium, in London, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Bon Jovi helped save Benjamin Franklin's damaged gravestone with a $5,000 donation


A GoFundMe to help save Benjamin Franklin's gravestone is no longer livin' on a prayer.

Bon Jovi's donation

Rocker Jon bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, on Tuesday donated $5,000 to the Christ Church Preservation Trust to quickly push it past its $10,000 goal.

The marble ledger tablet marking Franklin's grave at Philadelphia's Christ Church Burial Ground has developed a significant crack on top of the pitting caused by the ritual of tossing pennies onto Franklin's grave.

Visitors leave coins as a tribute to Franklin's adage, "a penny saved, is a penny earned."

Franklin, who died in 1790, is one of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence buried across from Independence Mall.

The trust received grants to cover most of the restoration costs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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