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John Travolta's Son Dies

1/3/2009 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rand Memorial Hospital in the Bahamas tells TMZ the son of John Travolta died today.

We're told 16-year-old Jett was vacationing with Travolta and wife Kelly Preston.

There have been reports that Jett was autistic, though Travolta has denied it, saying he suffers from Kawasaki Syndrome, a condition which often leads to heart disease.

UPDATE 5:15 PM ET -- Police just released more details. According to a report, Jett was last seen going into the bathroom at their private suite at the Old Bahama Bay Resort sometime yesterday. The body was discovered by the caretaker, Jeff Michael Kathrein (pictured bottom right with Travolta in 2006), at 10:00 AM today. The report says Jett suffered from seizures.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death.

UPDATE 4:54 PM ET -- A police spokeswoman says Jett hit his head in a bathtub.

UPDATE: 4:40 PM ET -- Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium in the Bahamas tells TMZ Jett's body would be transferred there on Monday.

UPDATE: 4:00 PM ET -- Travolta's attorney Michael Ossi says Jett suffered a seizure at his family's vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he died on scene.

Robert Gidel, president of Ginn Properties (which owns the Old Bahama Bay Hotel), tells TMZ, "The Travolta family has become like family to us at Old Bahama Bay and we extend our deepest sympathies to them."


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Junks Dingy    


As with the rest of the world, my heart goes out to the Travolta family. I believe how they choose to raise their son is THEIR BUSINESS!!
Lucky enough to have the best Doctors, Therapist, 2 nannies at a time around the clock,the best of everything and the money to pay for it. I dont begrudge them this, they worked hard for it! They deserve it!

What I do have a problem with is when our local (Travoltas & I are neighbors) State Rep. EVELYN LYNN calls for a moment of silence at the capital before the session started for the Travolta's loss. When I read this in our local paper all I thought of was all the families that lost children here at our own Halifax Hospital (where Jett was born I believe) that struggled with illness without the help of nannies,cooks,help,pvt.therapist,money. Some loose jobs because of time off,some are losing homes, most have other kids at home struggling with the situation. Tell me where was there moment of and silence?

2069 days ago


i dont understand my son had Kawasaki desease when he as 2 and the doctors said that only gets too kids until 5 years of age ...?

2068 days ago

Tessa Snow    

John & Kelly: I am sorry to be so presumptuous as to use your first names, but we are now bound together as we all are members of a club we never aspired to belong to. I am so very sorry to hear about your son. I know that there is nothing that I, nor anyone else can say that will help you. You hurt so bad, and you will never be the same. Life will now be bittersweet. That is after you have come to deal with the fact that your beautiful child has been so rudely and prematurely torn from your lives. I do not mean to lessen your grief by telling you that my 17 year old son Chance died suddenly and and unexpectedly from a head injury. It happened just 2 months before his 18th birthday, and 2 days before his first paycheck. I just mean to let you know that there are people like me out here that understand your profound grief, and I want you both to understand that your fans will not only be amazed if you can bring yourself to be out in public acting, but we will be amazed and so supportive of your whole family now and forever as you will have to learn to live in a different way. Most people will not understand what I mean, but will be sympathetic. I offer myself as a safe ear to talk to in your time of grief, even though I know that you will not be able to take advantage of my terrible knowledge for fear of tabloid leakage. I so wish to talk to you both. I know that I cannot lessen your grief, but I do understand the devastation. I also understand that friends and fans, no matter how well intentioned, will expect you to recover from this quickly. You will never recover, I know this. I so wish I could be there for you because you really need people like me around you right now. People that are living with the aftermath of child loss. By the way, I've lost both my sons, but I still have my daughters, one of whom lost her twin brother, and my grandson. My name is Tessa Snow, and my email is should you ever think you need someone to listen that understanda. I would sign anything to set ur mind at ease regarding tabloid exposure. I don't need your money, and I think you might need me. I wish that I had a way to send this direct to you. I understand, and I wish that there was something I could do to help us all. God be with you and myself in our time of need. Keep on soldiering. It does not get easier, but you do learn how to live around the damage. I wish you and your family the best of everything. Tessa Snow

2067 days ago


sunneth, I know what I said, and you rarely seen his son, has oppose to famous children going out on outings with their parents and so on, so before you come out your neck, I don't have to prove anything. He was huge for his age, and they treated him lke he was handicapp or something, anyone seeing this, would think that same things. Disorder or no disorder, I celebrate my childs life, while they are alive, and after. I'm not ashamed of anything, not even when and if my toddlers has a bad day, and everyone is stuck STARING.

2058 days ago
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