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Travolta's Son -- Fatal Blow to Head

1/3/2009 2:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned what may have killed Jett Travolta, and it's not what police have suggested.

We've spoken with John Travolta's lawyer and close friend, Michael McDermott, and family attorney Michael Ossi, both of whom are with John in the Bahamas. They tell TMZ it appears Jett's fatal injury was the result of hitting his head on the bathtub, toilet seat, or both. And they say the intimation that Jett went undiscovered for hours is absolutely false.

Police have said the last time anyone saw Jett was when he went to the bathroom on January 1. His body was discovered by nanny Jeff Kathrein the next day at 10 AM. In fact, McDermott and Ossi say it appears Jett went back and forth to his room and the fatal injury occurred "very shortly" before Jett was found on the bathroom floor -- McDermott called it a "small window of time."

McDermott and Ossi tell us two nannies were present on the trip and Jeff was by his side 24/7. There was a baby monitor device by Jett's side and there was also a chimer in the bathroom when the door opened.

McDermott and Ossi say it is still unclear if Jett fell to the floor as a result of a seizure or if he had a seizure after falling or slipping. There was blood on the floor of the bathroom, but "not a tremendous amount." It appears the striking of Jett's head was the cause of death, though it won't be clear until the autopsy is performed Monday morning.

Jett's body will be embalmed Monday afternoon. There will be a local showing on Tuesday and later that day the body will be flown to Ocala, Fla. for burial.

McDermott says both John and Kelly are night owls. John often goes to sleep at around 5 AM. But McDermott says both nannies were at the hotel and Jeff always present.

McDermott tells us a hotel manager was first on scene with Jeff and the two of them administered CPR. John came in shortly thereafter and John took over for a "substantial period of time [and] was performing CPR and continued that until EMT came and took over."

McDermott says as for Travolta and Preston, the pain is "unimaginable and unquantifiable."

UPDATE: The Grand Bahamas health minister confirms that the autopsy will be conducted by two pathologists to ensure a proper evaluation has been made. A clinical and forensic pathologist from Nassau, that is U.S. certified, will fly into Grand Bahama on Monday to help perform the autopsy.


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We all saw Tom Cruise's rant against the mental health profession. Scientology does limit the kind of Dr's your allowed to see.

2116 days ago


Our prayers go out to the Travolta family. I've always loved catching glimpses of these kind and loving parents. Rest In Peace Sweet Angel.

2116 days ago


This is truly a sad story and my heart bleeds for the family, but why at 16 were there 2 nannies, a baby monitor and a door chime to the bathroom? There must have been something wrong with this teenager other than Kawasaki disease.

2116 days ago


Dear Mr. Travolta and Ms.Preston,

So So sorry to hear such a horrible story, my heart goes out to you at such a terrible time in your life, My prayers are with you and your family. It brought back tears of grief hearing how you son Jett was well u know, my brother Greg fell or had a seizure just like Jett. God Bless you all......


2116 days ago


I feel so sad for John, Kelly and Ella. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

2116 days ago


Another death that can be layed at the door of L. Ron Hubbard.
If that child had been on anti seizure meds and the parents honest about the fact that they had an Autistic son and had the proper treatment for that ccondition he might stil be here.
You mean Travolta couldn't give the kid an "asssist" and bring him back
I could go on forever about the idiosy that is Scientology but the parents have lost their only son, maybe one or both of them will now awaken before thier only daughter gets ill.

2116 days ago


I hope Tom Cruise dosn't open his big mouth!! That all the Trovolta"s need! Our Hearts go out to the Trovolta family!

2116 days ago


My God, with all the support and monitoring surrounding this teenager it sounds as if the boy needed a physical person to be with him every single waking moment---including trips to the bathroom. There must have been far more wrong with him than Kawasaki. I know children personally with Aspergers and Autism who have never had this kind of monitoring going on.

What part am I missing here? That maybe the nannies or Jeff were derelict in their duties in being with this child given the apparent severity of what Jett suffered from?

Did John and his wife pay these people with an understanding they were to be with the boy 24 hours, with him never ever to be out of their sight? That part only the nannies and Travoltas can know.

God Help and God Bless Them All

2116 days ago


Omg, I am just heartbroken for them. I KNOW they loved both their children very much. My deepest condolences to the family. May you find peace in your hearts after this tragedy.

2116 days ago


I am amazed that people would take the opportunity to say rotten things when such a horrible event has happened to the Travolta family. Maybe we do not understand Scientology, but these people have lost their son! It's heartbreaking and something they will never get over. Picturing John Travolta trying desperately to bring his son back to life is so, so sad. My heart goes out to this family. Life will never be the same. Obviously, if there were all of those precautions in place, this boy had more issues than anyone let on. However, what business is that of ours? I know they will be second guessing themselves and what they could have done forever because this happened. No parent should lose a child.

2116 days ago


Cruise needs to take his failed Nazi movie and just go into hiding now. What if we learn there was in fact medications that could have saved this childs life and he wasnt on them due to the nut wing beliefs of L Ron Hubbard.

Hopefully this will be the end of Tom Cruises preaching to the public about anything of that nature. Too bad the Travoltas didnt follow Johns late Mothers wishes and remain Catholic. he's never been the same since she died and that was nearly 25 years ago. He chose the wrong "religion".

May whatever god he believes in help him through this now.

2116 days ago

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This poor family, this sounds like a freak accident and my heart goes out to the family. I cannot imagine the pain they must feel. Please, let them mourn and stop bringing their religious beliefs into this. They just lost a son, leave them alone.

2116 days ago


the bahamas' are bad luck for the stars. first aaliyah, second anna nicole's son then anna nicole, now jett

2116 days ago


John has always been a favorite of mine since his WB Kotter days. Ive always enjoyed his career and caring persona that was evident in the way he treated others. My deepest condolences to him and his family. To imagine him trying to save his son after discovering what sure those moments will haunt him forever. NO Parent should ever be in that situation. Jett, may you rest in peace and be with the angels now. You will be the light in your parents eyes forever.

2116 days ago


Why was there a baby monitor and chimes on the bathroom door for a 16 yr old boy if his "issues" were not more serious than Kawasaki? Both of their children are old enough not to need those things unless one of them has a problem. I as a parent of a child with autism could DEFINATELY see keeping items like that for a child with autistic issues.

I feel sorry for the child and his sister, as a parent you do EVERYTHING you can medically for a child, you research and keep yourself informed and you try everything.

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