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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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31.

Solaera    

I don't get it. They are saying that someone was with Jett 24/7 but no one had seen him since the day before? That the incident had just occured right before the caretaker found him at 10am? Does it matter if the incident happened at 10am on the 2nd or 11pm on the first? Sure it does, because if it happened just before the caretaker found him, it is all just a tragic event not a matter of neglect. It is all double-speak, but what is clear is that no one was watching or monitoring a disabled child prone to seizures for at least 12 hours.

2029 days ago
32.

ohohBoB    

Honorable people, only grief, no questions or speculations.

2029 days ago
33.

Copy editor    

Is it "Jett" or "Jeff" ? Both names appear in the piece above.

2029 days ago
34.

what the hell?    

WE do not know what problems he had- we may never know why they had a monitor- maybe in case he needed assistance - the bottom line is people need to allow this family to grieve- making accusations, pointing fingers, is not going to bring their son back. It does not matter what their religious beliefs are- they lost their only son. have some compassion, if you question scientology go read about it....it was their choice to believe that...anything we say or do- making comments on this family is not going to help ease their pain. back off.

2029 days ago
35.

Sue Wong    

I've always liked John Travolta and offer my condolences to the family. May Jett R.I.P. I believe the Travolta's were taking excellent care of their son, unfortunately accidents happen. It's not easy to monitor a child of that age in the bathroom. As for scientology, I don't believe in it but I also don't approve of unnecessary pharmacutical drugs. There're so many people hooked on prescription and illegal drugs. It's unhealthy and dangerous. The only winners are the pharmacutical companies.

2029 days ago
36.

bitch please    

26 and 27 you both deserve to burn in hell for your disgusting judgement. Read your own bible you evil hypocrites!

2029 days ago
37.

pat    

The real cause!!!!???? it is not fair to other parents who childern have kawasaki desease, which is not what Jett suffered life long with ,so I'm hoping Jett's parents will fess up to Jett's real problems so there is not hysteria among parents with childern with Kawasaki.

2029 days ago
38.

Vicki    

My heart dropped yesterday when I heard the news of Jets death. Later, I heard he had a seizure. I certainly hope that his parents were vigilant to provide him with anit-seizure medication and to have it monitored. I know first hand how seizures affect a person and without medication can cause death. My father had a serious seizure four years ago and spent 4 days in ICU. He had never had one in his life. He was put on Trileptal and is doing great with his Dr. monitoring his med level every month. After hearing Tom Cruise and his rant about medication-I wonder if the Travolta's felt the same way and abstained from Jet getting medication. I hope not. I know nothing about Scientology nor care to, but when it comes to an adult or childs well being-I have a LOT to say. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless.

2029 days ago
39.

billyboyhere    

33 chi:

May he who is without sin cast the first stone.

You shall burn with 26 and 27 in a communal hell for your judgement.

2029 days ago
40.

Kurai    

My sympathies to the Travolta family. Life is too short as it is and to see a young adult's life snuffed out, truly sad and tragic. Regardless of how Jett lost his life, it's a tremendous loss. What's even more tragic than that? Some of the disparaging comments made here regarding Mr. Travolta's choice of faith when he's grieving for the loss of his son. His faith had nothing to do with how his son died.

2029 days ago
41.

Kelly    

Maybe people should READ. It says the caretaker was named Jeff.

2029 days ago
42.

bitch please    

I can't believe some people are trying to bring Scientology into this! First of all idiots, a seizure disorder is diagnosed through blood tests and EEGs. It is not a psychiatric condition. Even if Scientology does frown on psych meds, Jett was not a psych patient. It's obvious the Travolta's were taking great care of their son, who obviously had some special needs. Needs that are none of anyone's damn business! Some of you should be ashamed!

My thoughts are with John and Kelly.

2029 days ago
43.

Um Hello???    

30. WE do not know what problems he had- we may never know why they had a monitor- maybe in case he needed assistance - the bottom line is people need to allow this family to grieve- making accusations, pointing fingers, is not going to bring their son back. It does not matter what their religious beliefs are- they lost their only son. have some compassion, if you question scientology go read about it....it was their choice to believe that...anything we say or do- making comments on this family is not going to help ease their pain. back off.

Posted at 1:28PM on Jan 3rd 2009 by what the hell!


Im sorry but it DOES matter when their so called religious belief prevented this child from getting medical help for any and all problems and illnesses he was faced with from the womb until his premature death. It isn't your average, everday "religion" - it is a cult that is responsible for many deaths. Please google Scientology and read about it and do your research.

2029 days ago
44.

bitch please    

Hey dub dub, I am an athiest, so no hell for me a-hole.

2029 days ago
45.

Vicki    

Kurai- Are you an idiot? Try reading up on Scientology. Are you for real? DID YOU NOT SEE TOM CRUISE and his ani-medication rant? WE all feel bad, but this so called RELIGION is ridiculous. let me guess, your a scientologist also? Kids who have SEIZURES NEED MEDICATION AND MONITORING!!!!!!!

2029 days ago
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