January 02, 2009

John Travolta's Son Dies - updated 01/03/08 12 pm Est

Jan 03, 2008 (Newser) – John Travolta fought to revive his 16-year-old son by pounding his chest and giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but to no avail, Radar reports. A source says Travolta did everything he could after Jett was found unconscious by a caretaker yesterday. He and wife Kelly Preston spent 40 minutes in an ambulance taking Jett to the hospital, but the boy was pronounced dead on arrival.

Experts say it's unlikely that the rare Kawasaki disease, which nearly killed Jett as a toddler, lead to his reported seizure and probably played no role in his death, the New York Daily News reports.

John Travolta's Son Dies

(Jan. 2) -- John Travolta's 16-year-old son Jett has died while vacationing with his parents in the Bahamas. Reuters reports that Jett suffered a seizure at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island. A spokeswoman for the local police said Jett banged his head on a bathtub Friday morning. TMZ broke the story this afternoon and Rand Memorial Hospital confirmed the death.

"At this point, we know that John Travolta and Kelly Preston's only son, Jett, had a seizure at around 10 AM this morning," the family's attorney Michael Ossi told CNN. "All attempts to revive him were unsuccessful."

The Travolta family has long denied rumors that Jett suffered from autism, claiming that the boy instead had Kawasaki Syndrome, an inflammatory disorder of the artery walls which often leads to heart disease. Jett, who had a history of seizures, was the eldest child of Travolta and Preston. The couple also have a daughter, Ella Blue, who is 8.

Police have announced that Jett Travolta's unconscious body was discovered by the caretaker, Jeff Michael Kathrain, this morning.

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All these B's and Me! said...

OH NO! That is awful. :o(

Kathy said...

I was so sad when I heard this on the news. It is so tragic to lose a child. I feel so badly for the family.

Emmi said...

I read about this yesterday. This is just so sad. I couldn't even imagine the pain of losing a child.

lisa jo said...

i watched Larry King and they made it obvious that Jett does not still have Kawasaki syndrome...that ailment will end around age 9 at the oldest. I saw pics of him at age 16 and i am NO doctor but i bet he does have autism or some other ailment. He seemed scared and not able to walk normally and John Travolta had to lead him to the car. I am so sad to hear of this, we love Travolta in our home. HUGS!

Hipmomofboyz said...

I saw this on the news yesterday and it broke my heart!