John Travolta’s Son, Jett Travolta, Dies in the Bahamas


There is sad and tragic news out of the Bahamas. The son of John Travolta, 16 year old Jett Travolta has passed away while on vacation in the Bahamas. According to reports from TMZ,  Jett suffered a seizure and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.


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

Attempts were made to revive him, but he died at the scene, Ossi said.

Jett, who had a history of seizures, was the eldest child of Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston.

Report: John Travolta’s Son Dies

There have long been reports that Jett was autistic, though John and Kelly denied it, saying that he instead suffers from Kawasaki Disease, a relatively rare illness which could cause heart problems. In an interview with USA Today in 2002, Kelly recalled her son’s diagnosis after he became “very, very sick with high fever and swollen glands and peeling fingers and rash all over his body” eight years earlier.

UPDATE I: According to the AP, Jett died after injuring himself hitting his head in bath tub.

Police in the Bahamas say John Travolta’s teenage son has died after injuring himself at the actor’s vacation home.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Mackey says 16-year-old Jett Travolta hit his head in a bathtub Friday morning. She said he was declared dead at Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island.

UPDATE II: Jett Travolta May Have Died in Father’s Arms

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    27 Responses to “John Travolta’s Son, Jett Travolta, Dies in the Bahamas”

    1. bob on January 2nd, 2009 4:47 pm

      Mind control isn’t an exact science. When the programming and traumatic mind control techniques implemented by orgs like Scientology go awry, the unfortunate results are nowadays always labeled “autistic.”

    2. lb on January 2nd, 2009 5:14 pm

      John Travolta has been in denial since Jett’s diagnosis of Autism at around 2 yrs. He has kept him hidden away from the world, you won’t find many pictures and usually only talks about his daughter. He even recently said that he wants a son, he has a son, or had a son! Because of his beliefs in Scientology, he never did any early intervention, Scientologists do not believe in therapy! If he would have believed in his son, and given him a chance, things would have been different. I wonder if John was in the house, I wonder if it was really an accident, I hope the truth comes out…RIP Jett!

    3. Sasha Rainie on January 2nd, 2009 5:31 pm

      Jett may have suffered from Landau Kleffner Syndrome…check out this website

    4. Mary Ann on January 2nd, 2009 5:39 pm

      My heart goes out to the Travoltas. They have lost their son. I don’t care what his religious outlook is, this is a the worst thing that can happen to any parent. Pray for them however you pray

    5. rightknight on January 2nd, 2009 5:42 pm

      Condolences to the Travoltas.

    6. rastus on January 2nd, 2009 6:10 pm

      First, sympathy to the family.

      ib, Your comment that JT was ‘in denial’ is the worst of speculative bullcrap seen in some time. How in the heck do you know the poor child was autistic? Fact is, you don’t, unless you were involved in the clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and care of the young man. (And, by some slim chance that you attained some capacity to involved in his clinical care, you deserve to lose your job/career over such a breech of patient confidentiality).

      Your off base speculation is common to many on this site however. You’d rather see some conspiracy of malfeasance.

      Gain some intellectual maturity and express sympathy for the family.

    7. Miss-Underestimated on January 2nd, 2009 8:54 pm

      How incredibly sad for the Travolta’s my heartfelt sympathy for the entire family

    8. Michelle on January 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm

      aw…this is tragic…my heart goes out to the family….it’s never easy when one loses a child….I pray for the family…..

    9. superjaded on January 2nd, 2009 10:14 pm

      rastus, look at the video of Jett that has been posted online. See him in photos walking on his tiptoes. Put two and two together son or should we call you Xenu? Sadness for this young kid, and grief for his parents and sister too. $cientology kills…

    10. SCT on January 3rd, 2009 12:07 am

      Rastus, relax. This child obviously had health issues. And its the parent’s right not to want to discuss them with the public. That’s fine.The Travoltas have more money and connections than most Americans to get their son the best medical care. Let’s hope they did it. They had the resources. Let’s all just hope they didn’t neglect the obvious and allow Scienctology to cloud their choices for their son. But any religion, when taken too seriously can kill.

    11. HOPE on January 3rd, 2009 12:45 am

      I feel so sorry that this had to happen to John. I’m sure he’s crushed. My thoughts and prayers are with him as he mourns the worse kind of loss there is… Father for Son. He’s had so much tragedy during his life, but this one could break his heart.

    12. Janet on January 3rd, 2009 1:51 am

      Very suspicious, if you ask me. They not only protected him, they were embarrassed of him. Now he dies in the same place Anna an Daniel suspiciously died (in a hotel of all things creepy) and were buried at. Wonder where Jett will be buried? This just makes me sad, angry, and very suspicious.

    13. SCT on January 3rd, 2009 9:34 am

      Janet, I agree. It’s suspicious. And if you’re gonna die somewhere with relaxed regulations and laws, the Bahamas is one. But although I agree, it is suspicious, lets imagine that his parents were trying to protect him from the public for all these years. And lets give them a little credit. Lets hope he had been seen by a credible doctor and given some form of medications. Because if he wasnt, and if he had a seizure disorder that his parents didn’t medicate, the Bahamas are not going to get them out of this nightmare.

    14. BUN on January 3rd, 2009 9:42 am

      I am always sad when a child dies.

    15. txchic on January 3rd, 2009 12:51 pm

      i applaud the travolta’s for attempting to shield their children from the media. i do however hope that they are open to the media about whether or not they had their son on seizure meds which may have prevented this. i’d hate to live with the knowledge that my faith had perhaps denied a potential life saving drug for one of my children. other scientologists should see this as a wake up call…

    16. Lauren on January 3rd, 2009 1:07 pm

      In the first place, if you want to understand an off base religeon, you have to temporarily join and study it. I have done this and found so many truths about them that are greatly misrepresented by books like Lars book of Cults. The biggest cult and criminal acts against humanity have been committed by those that believe their book, and their translation of their book is the only path to salvation. Study history, don’t believe it until YOU do and be thorough. Secondly, the mainstream world is cruel enough to both celebrities and handicapped people and families of handicapped people. I was actually asked to find a more tolerant Mom and Kids group because they were uncomfortable with my son being handicapped and all he did was sit by himself and read books. We were in the group for 1 hour total, they had no intention of even trying and not enough character to be hesitant enough to discriminate and ostrisize us from the group immediately. This was in an upper middle class group of educated woman. I could tell stories that would suprise you all day.The point is, it is stressful enough to have a handicapped child, it is wise to keep it to yourself, you don’t need to add stress from people to it. But you love you handicapped child with an intensity, you have to be there to understand, partially because they are so dependant on you and generally they are very sweet and loving. Mine tells me how much he loves me all day, he is 16 as well and he still wants me to sing to him about his baby blue eyes. Then there is the diagnosis and treatment. You really can’t count on thinking you know what is going on in someone else’s life by what you read in the media, or what treatments were used and most medicine’s fix one thing and ruin another. Therapy, diet and love is the best medicine and I thought that is the belief of the scientologists as well. Someone in here thought they don’t believe in therapy? I’m not sure about the accuracy of that statement. I haven’t gotten around to joining scientology for study purposes yet. Bottom line, I remember John Travolta when Princess Diana was killed, he was crying, publicly, like the rest of us, and I bet if we cut him, he bleeds like the rest of us. So maybe the best thing for you to do, for yourself and for society, is to accept the fact that negitivly judging others, oks it for others to do the same to you. None of us KNOW anything accept that his son was handicapped and he’s died. To jump to an evil conclusion isn’t healthy for anyone. Let’s be healthy and let the investigators suffer the side effects of having to look at the evil possibilities for us, that’s what they get paid the big bucks for, and why they have psycologists on staff. There’s no shame on us if we feel empathy, lay out flowers and treat the family with sympathy and find out later that the investigators found they did somthing wrong, the shame would be on them. You can do the right thing while seeing the other possibilities, we need to stay in the rey area of not being too nieve to see the negative possibilities, while not being so synical that we assume them from the get go. God save us all if everytime tragidy stricks we are guilty until proven innocent.

    17. Lauren on January 3rd, 2009 1:20 pm

      Regarding the seizure medicine, if the siezures aren’t terribly damaging to the brain, I would for go them, my sisters aren’t and she takes the meds. and it’s a nightmare what they’ve done to the rest of her. Neither do the meds guarentee a seizure free exhistance. They become inefective and doses need to be increased and tyoes changed. The best thing to do is whether your on siezure medication, or you for go them, you should always be seizure safe as possible. taking a shower should not be an activity of a seizure patient. But my having considered that, doesn’t mean the Travolta’s are bad because they didn’t. All people have their moments of realisation, and generally they follow the traggidy. Some people aren’t geared to handle medical and safety thoughts, but they are really good at somthing else. We need to stop punishing people for not being perfect. We need to accept that there are worse things than death and death happens and it’s not always someones fault, it just might have been their lack of perfection, or ability to be on the clock 24/7 as if that wouldn’t drive us all crazy! People Die! deal with it! and you know what, dead people don’t care that their dead…cause their dead. You can live a happy life until you have a seisure in the shower or you can take a bunch of meds. that destroy the rest of your body and then spend years in hospitals and being misserably unhealthy and dissfunctional and wishing you could just be left alone to die. The last words of Lady Di was “just leave me alone”

    18. Lauren on January 3rd, 2009 1:23 pm

      I didn’t proof read and now see I meant to say I wouldn’t go for the meds.

    19. ANewGirl on January 3rd, 2009 2:53 pm

      Honestly, there is much to be said to ANY human being–a parent especially who could not have sympathy for the Travolta’s at this time.

      I would agree with the posters who have given details and examples of instances when others are insensitive to the needs of child who is handicapped. Also agree with #6—-unless you have clinical experience with Jett Travolta specifically, how is any person here able to comment on what was wrong with him?

      Bottom line is, the teenager was known to have suffered from siezures since he was a toddler. Apparently, it is being reported he had one, and then hit his head on a marble (?) floor or bathtub in the bathroom. This was an unfortunate accident.

      Yes, when Mr. Travolta and his Wife Kelly are cut–they do bleed, just like anyone else.

      Save the harsh judgements for other individuals which are discussed on this board who deserve all the wrath they have coming., i.e. Joran/Paulus/ Anita Van Der Sloot- Casey Anthony & both of her dysfunctional excuse for Parents for starters!

      RIP Jett Travolta

    20. Maggie on January 3rd, 2009 3:48 pm

      I watched Greta last night and she covered this story.. One of the guys on it said John took Jett with him many places.. He flew all over with his son in the cockpit with him..worked in Paris on a project took him and they said John and him were really close. I don’t understand the sinister comments.. This is the worst nightmare any parent can face.. and I am sure the Travolta’s are devastated today. My son had a friend in school, she suffered from seizures since she was little.. and when she didn’t or forgot to take her medicine..she would suffer seizures also. She would go into a blank stare and do some really off the wall things.. and then come out of it and never know anything she did. It’s easy to see how Jett could fall during a seizure. I really don’t know what was wrong with him during his earlier years, but this is the ultimate heartbreak for a parent. My thoughts and condolences to his parents and his little sister.

    21. bob on January 3rd, 2009 6:09 pm

      Lauren, You said “I have done this and found so many truths about them (Scientology) that are greatly misrepresented by books like Lars book of Cults.” You need to get the facts. Scientology is a combination of black magic and mind control. It’s one of the most evil orgs on earth. It is actually banned in several countries. It’s founder, L Ron Hubbard, was the protege of Aleister Crowley, the hardcore Satanist and “the most wicked man alive.” Hubbard said that the day Crowley died (1948) was the day Scientology began.

    22. bob on January 3rd, 2009 7:51 pm

      Go here for a superb article on Scientology:

      Here’s a quote from the article: “Aleister Crowley is surely the most famous Satanist and black magician of the twentieth-century. It is impossible to arrive at an understanding of Scientology without taking into account L. Ron Hubbard’s (Scientology’s founder) extensive involvement with his religious and ideological mentor, Aleister Crowley.”

      Here’s another excerpt that explains Manson was programmed by Scientology: “One famous celebrity involved with Scientology that Scientology does not boast about, talk about, or probably even wants you to know about is Charles Manson, the convicted murderer of Sharon Tate and her friends. Scientology made extensive efforts to hide or destroy Manson’s Scientology records. They have continually denied that he was a member, but in the FBI raid on Scientology’s headquarters the F.B.I. found abundant Scientology internal intelligence information regarding Manson’s involvement with Scientology.”

    23. HennyPenny on January 4th, 2009 5:39 pm

      A long time ago I was a part of a Scientology org. They do a lot of thought work, but nothing emotionally. I feel compassion for John Trevolta because he has nothing, like Jesus, to fall back on to help him cope with the death of his son. It was a tragic accident, I believe that.

    24. Pat Widdoes on January 5th, 2009 8:11 pm

      My prayers and sympathy are with the family and friends of Jett Travolta. May you find peace and comfort in the memories of your son, and the love you have for each other.

    25. Ned on January 9th, 2009 2:24 pm

      I have to say, I am surprised there are not more sites questioning Jett’s death and the lack of care he may have received. Some say it isn’t any of our business. Why isn’t it? As compassionate human beings it’s in our nature to make sure we protect and help children. It seems as if we haven’t been given all the information on this child’s death. It was said the boy did not speak with indicitive of Autism, so are the seizures. From what I read in the news he was having seizures once every 4 days and was not taking any medication but had in the past and was taken off of them because they were causing liver damage. If Jett was not getting the proper care due to the Travolta’s belief in Scientology and the cult’s non-belief in psychiatric drugs or acknowlegement of a scientifically proven mentally disability, Autism, then I do feel the Travolta’s are responsible for failure to provide their son with proper health care. NO religion should reject modern medicine which no doubt probably could have saved this young man’s life. It’s too bad he was suffering for so long due to the ignorance of these two parents and their beliefs. With all the money that John Travolta has you would have thought he sought out the best medical doctors to put an end to these weekly siezures. When I hear the word Scientology I can’t help to think of Tom Cruise spouting out his ignorance on national TV regarding anti-depressants. This religion breeds stupidity.

    26. Ned on January 9th, 2009 2:37 pm

      #10. That’s the million dollar question. With the money the Travolta’s have DID they seek out the best medical care for their son? And the BIGGER question is, if Jett had been on seizure medication would this death of been prevented? And if the parents choice in not doing so was based on Scientology, well that’s something they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

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