Friday, January 2, 2009

John Travolta's Teen Son Found Dead

KTLA, CNN, and YAHOO News all report that actor John Travolta's and Kelly Preston's only son, Jett, 16, was found dead this morning by a caretaker.
LOS ANGELES -- John Travolta's son died Friday during a family vacation in the Bahamas, according to a family attorney.

Jett Travolta, 16, suffered a seizure at his family's vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island, says attorney Michael Ossi.

However, police say he died after hitting his head on the bathtub.

Investigators say a house caretaker found the teenager unconscious in a bathroom late Friday morning.

Attempts to revive Jett, who had a history of seizures, were unsuccessful and he died at the scene, Ossi said. (KTLA News)
Jett's parents connected his illness to Kawasaki disease,per CNN, "an inflammatory disorder of the artery walls that most commonly occurs in young children and can lead to heart disease." The CNN site also provides viewers with the following 2001 video of Tavolta talking about his son's illness.

The loss of a child is tragic, but what about John Travolta may make some of us mourn with him even more so? I think he's always seemed like a sweet guy, someone you'd like to know personally. I can't imagine the pain he's feeling now, and my prayers go out to him and Jett's mother, Kelly Preston. The Travoltas also have an 8-year-old daughter, Ella, per CNN.

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