John Travolta’s Son Dies


Friday, January 2, 2009

John Travolta’s 16-year-old son has died.

Jett Travolta – who was vacationing with the Hairspray star and his wife, Kelly Preston, in the Caribbean – suffered a seizure at the family’s vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island, Travolta attorney Michael Ossi said.

Jett was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. An autopsy will be performed at the hospital.

Police spokesperson Loretta Mackey told TMZ that Jett hit his head on the bathtub. A caretaker named Jeff Michael Kathrain found Jett unconscious in the bathroom around 10 a.m.

Jett’s body will be transferred to Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium in The Bahamas on Monday, a Restview rep said.

Travolta and Preston – who married in 1991 – are also parents to Ella, 8.

It has previously been reported that Jett suffered from autism, which Travolta has denied – instead saying Jett is inflicted with Kawasaki Syndrome, which can lead to heart disease. In an interview with USA Today in 2002, Kelly recalled her son’s diagnosis after he became “very, very sick with high fever and swollen glands and peeling fingers and rash all over his body” eight years earlier.

John, who named one of his many airplanes after his son, has said Jett loved “the outdoors – sports, swimming, bike riding, hiking.”


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