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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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This is horribly sad. I hope John wakes up to the lie that is Scientology. If he is a "clear" then nothing ike this could ever happen to him!

This poor little boy. I, too, felt they were ashamed of him and denied him proper treatment.


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Kawasaki disease is an illness that involves the skin, mouth, and lymph nodes, and most often affects kids under age 5. The cause is unknown, but if the symptoms are recognized early, kids with Kawasaki syndrome can fully recover within a few days. Untreated, it can lead to serious complications that can affect the heart.

I do not beleive Jett had this above mentioned disease. Although the Travoltas have done a good job hiding him from the press (unlike their other children) there have been some pictures of Jett throughout the years. I work with disabled children and although it is hard to be accurate with just photos I would bet a steak dinner that Jett was autistic. How sad that the Travoltas had to hide him away-- If it was just Kawaski Syndrome he would of been treated and cured within a few days-(no one can convince me that Travolta a highly paid actor would not of had the best care for his child)-- and why hide the child away if it was something like Kawaski--- How sad for them and their children

2083 days ago


I'm sure the 'church' of Scientology will find a way to bring him back to life. And if not, he's with his lord and saviour, L. Ron Hubbard...

2083 days ago


Whatever his illness was, no doubt he didn't receive any medication for it, and probably not any medical attention either. Travolta is another Scientology nut.

2083 days ago


omg that is sooo sad. my heart and prayers go out to the family

2083 days ago


Access Hollywood is saying he fell and hit his head on the bathtub. How terribly sad. No one should have to grieve the loss of a matter what their beliefs.

2083 days ago


Kawasaki Syndrome? I had Kawasaki's when i was 10. It is caused from dust mites that carry it and make you sick. I was in the hospital for 1 month. But it's something you get rid of and heal from. it doesn't stay with you. it can cause a weakening of the heart in rare cases. i was lucky. Thats sooo sad. nobody should lose a child. My heart goes out to the family.

2083 days ago


My thoughts and prayers go out to the Travolta family.

2083 days ago


OMG jet skis are so dangerous. People really need to slow down.

2083 days ago


Sorry to hear about this...hope John, Kelly and the rest of their family are comforted during this really, really heavy time.

2083 days ago


The way he didn't get Jett treatment was obscene. Maybe L. Ron took him up to the space aliens.

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. --

John Travolta’s 16-year-old son, Jett, has died after a hotel accident in the Bahamas, according to TMZ.

The actor and his family were on vacation at the Old Bahama Bay hotel on the Grand Bahama island, when Jett fell and hit his head on the bathtub, a source told Access on Friday at 10 AM PST.

Following the accident, Jett Travolta was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital in the Bahamas.

TMZ said a spokesperson at the hospital confirmed the teen’s death.

When contacted by Access Hollywood, an employee at the Old Bahama Bay hotel, where Travolta owns several beachfront units, said she was “not allowed to talk about [the incident].”

Jett was one of two children for the actor and his wife, Kelly Preston. The couple also has an 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu.

Travolta, 54, and Preston, 46, were married in September 1991. Jett was born the following April.

2083 days ago

There is no such thing as reality tv    

This is so sad.

2083 days ago


I can't imagine anything worse. My heart goes out to them. What a horrible way to end the holidays.

2083 days ago


nice to offer your prayers but, they don't believe in that god, they believe in Zenu.

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