Jett Travolta was found dead earlier today in the bathroom of the Travolta family’s Old Bahama Bay Hotel vacation home on Grand Bahama Island. He was the teenaged son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Read about it below and see some photos and a video.

Jett Travolta is the 16-year-old son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. He was born on April 13, 1992 and named for Travolta’s love of flying. He was found in the bathroom of the family’s Bahama vacation home in the Old Bahama Bay hotel on Grand Bahama Island earlier today by a family caretaker. Early reports were that Travolta had fallen and hit his head on the bathtub in the bathroom. It was later reported that he had a seizure and hit his head during the seizure. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on arrival to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

There have long been rumors that Jett Travolta suffered from autism, however the family has denied that and explained his developmental disabilities as being caused by Kawasaki syndrome instead. That is a syndrome that affects the lymph nodes of children under 5 years old generally. Doctors have said that it is very rare for it to affect children over 8 years old.

Their denial that Jett suffered from autism is only significant in how it relates to the Travolta’s belief in Scientology and whether or not he was appropriately diagnosed and received treatments available for his developmental disorder. Apparently, Travolta blamed himself for allowing Jett to be around cleaning fluids when he was a baby.

“With my son … I was obsessive about cleaning — his space being clean, so we constantly had the carpets cleaned,” John Travolta told CNN’s Larry King in 2001. “And I think, between him, the fumes and walking around, maybe picking up pieces or something, he got what is rarely a thing to deal with, but it’s Kawasaki Syndrome.”

The Travolta’s are dedicated to the practices of Scientology, a religion of sorts that holds the use of medication in disdain. The set of beliefs are that mental, neurological and emotional problems can and should be dealt with by the individual through working harder on their Scientology beliefs. For years now there have been many people who have viewed the Travolta’s refusal to acknowledge their son’s condition as a sad case of denial that has prevented them from getting him proper treatment.

Whatever the case, there is nothing harder to deal with than the death of a child. We extend our sincere sympathies to the Travolta family in this terrible time.

The Travolta’s have a daughter, 8-year-old Ella Bleu Travolta.


John Travolta discusses Jett Travolta – Video