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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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What about Prader-Willi syndrome?

2122 days ago


Here's how TMZ's current posting begins: "TMZ has learned what may have killed Jett Travolta, and it's not what police have suggested."

How is what TMZ is currently saying any different from what the police have already said? Every single report I have read has said that he may have had a seizure, and that he probably hit his head on the bathtub. That's pretty much what has been bandied about on all news agencies for about 24 hours now. CNN, Fox, Reuters, AP, and even yesterday's posts by TMZ.

So how is TMZ's current posting any different? It's an ongoing investigation, for pete's sake.

2122 days ago


death is not a issue of a church or belief system. jett suffered from an illness, in some cases that illness kills one. in this case it appears it did. at a time like this, my son was found in the bathroom he too had fallen hit is head on the tube and toilet. he died, does it matter what made him fall, be it stroke, heart attack or anything other than on the day of june 17 he fell and died. that is the worst day of our lives. u cant have a million people watching each other, accidents happen they kill. and its not a belief issue. that comes in when its time to believe and accept things. god bless jett and family. by the way if ur tall enough u can fall and hit both things. our usual bathrooms are not sweets... nothing protects us from our deah and the way it will happen. get use to that. it takes away blame and anger.

2122 days ago


My condolences to John Travolta and Kelly Preston. As the parent of a 27 year old son with a terminal illness, my heart goes out to them. I can't imagine parents would not do everything medic ally possible for a child with a disease, as I know we have tried everything we could afford for our son's health and well being. God Bless Jett Travolta and his family.

2122 days ago


#55, usually these patients are of short stature. I am thinking more Fragile X Syndrome

2122 days ago


I feel very sad for the Travolta family and have them in my prayers.

But I especially feel sorry for the JERKS that leave comments about a person’s faith, in a time such as this. I wish you train spotter go jump!!!

As for Tom Cruise, you people have nothing better to do than criticise someone because they are more human than your selves! Again you bottom of the toilet cynics go jump!

2122 days ago


The wonderful work he does for so many causes our prayers for you and your family

2122 days ago


Like I said, we live in America. We have a choice of religion....parents chose their childrens religion until they are old enough to chose for themselves. People die every day due to religious beliefs. He didn't die b/c of his religion, sounds like he died due to a sezuire....did anyone get that? No anti-sezure mediation if taken is 100% sezuire proof. Nobody knows what medication if any he was taking. If they chose not to medicate their child due to religious beliefs then that's their decision. As for me and family I'll pick another path.

2122 days ago


Obviously, Jett was a severly handicapped child who required a nanny, a baby monitor, and chinmes on the bathroom door, which would make me believe, the Travolta's took every precaution there was for his safety.

What a truly sad story for John and Kelly Travolta.

2122 days ago


11-year-old Texas boy died suddenly this past weekend from a mysterious condition that causes inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body.

This is true, it just came in on fox news. Paul Roscoe, of North Richland Hills, Texas, died after collapsing at his home Saturday morning.

His death was triggered by Kawasaki disease — a condition that affects children, especially boys, under the age of 5, and causes aneurysms and blockages in the blood vessels.

Dr. Scott Alenick, a pediatric cardiologist in Northern and Central New Jersey, said Kawasaki disease is fairly common; however it is extremely rare for someone to die from it.

2122 days ago


Great post, Dharma. I hope some of the people posting nasty and judgmental comments (without ANY personal involvement in the case) will take heed. Unfortunately, they probably won't, but we can hope.

2122 days ago

Um Hello???    

This death could very well be a result of a "religion", especially since this "religion" does not allow its members to see Medical Professionals or take prescribed medication for anything whatsoever. When your child, husband, wife, mother or father are ill, wouldn't you want them to get medical help or would you prefer to watch them suffer? I know when my son has brinchitis I take him to the Dr. to get antibiotics to help fight the infection rather than watch him suffer and get pnuemonia and die. Preventative medication is a must for some illnesses and if you have siezures, there is medication out there to help control it. No, it is not a cure but it does help - and it helps a lot more than autiding, a vitamin pack and seclusion.

Read up and research Scientology and get educated as I have before you decide that others are spouting off with a bunch of uneducated guesses.

2122 days ago

Um Hello???    

most people with the disease this child had only lived to be age 5,

You can't be serious. Please google Kawasaki Disease since you obviously didn't read my post about it. Kawasaki Disease does not kill children under the age of 5, and neither does Autism. Please educate yourself before attempting to sound intelligent and making yourself look really stupid.

2122 days ago


Something is fishy here, I can feel it in my gut. How large was the suite in the hotel that John and Kelly would not be aware that something has happened to their son? 2 nannies and a caretaker watching one boy and the hotel manager is first on the scene. It seems someone is covering up something. Why is the story now changing from the police report about who and when someone last saw him. The truth will come out!

2122 days ago


In America we have freedom of religion, don't we? Should we outlaw all religion except yours? Were supposed to be proud to be American's.....we have a choice.

2122 days ago
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