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We are sad to report that John Travolta and Kelly Preston's 16 year old son, Jett Travolta, died in the Bahamas. Jett reportedly died from a rare disease called Kawasaki syndrome and a fall in the bathtub on his holiday vacation in the Bahamas. John Travolta and Kelly Preston are making funeral arrangements and awaiting autopsy results. There were rumors Jett Travolta suffered from the brain development disorder called Autism. However, John Travolta has publicly denied the rumors and stated that his son never had the disease. The Church of Scientology has a controversial stance against the practice of psychiatry. Update : There are inconsistent conflicting reports about Jett Travolta's death.
MSNBC : JETT TRAVOLTA SON OF JOHN TRAVOLTA DIES IN THE BAHAMAS
A few years ago, Hollywood, Interrupted published a plea from Hollywood for the Travoltas to open their hearts regarding Jett. That page doesn't seem to load properly anymore, so I'm re-posting the plea below.
A PLEA FROM HOLLYWOOD: JOHN TRAVOLTA - OPEN YOUR HEART! - April 10, 2006
On Friday, April 7th, Hollywood, Interrupted was treated to the Los Angeles premiere of "Normal People Scare Me" - a feature-length documentary about autism, co-directed by the high functioning autistic teenager Taylor Cross and his mother, Keri Bowers. The event was sponsored by an organization called Cure Autism Now (CAN) and the new magazine, The Autism Perspective (TAP).
This enlightening film was produced by b-movie actor/director/producer and former special education teacher, Joey Travolta. Joey's brother and sister-in-law, "Battlefield Earth" co-stars John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, were not present. Too bad...
...Had John and Kelly been at the screening, they might have a better understanding of the disorder reportedly affecting their 14 year-old son, Jett. Sadly, the Scientology couple cannot even publicly admit that their son is afflicted with a neurological disorder, lest - according to the incontrovertible doctrine of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard - he be labeled a "degraded being" that brought his affliction onto himself. Instead, the Travoltas have long blamed their son's disability on Kawasaki Syndrome-related "environmental toxins," specifically carpet cleaning chemicals.
Rumors about Jett Travolta's disability have been floating around for years, but when no less than five sources (including a media rep from the Autism Society of America (ASA), an executive from Cure Autism Now, a major Hollywood producer and parent of an autistic child, and a Hollywood actor-parent) reported that Jett Travolta was afflicted did we decide to deliver this story. Scientology will not even recognize the disability, let alone the myriad therapies for treating it.
The CAN and ASA officials that spoke with Hollywood, Interrupted credited Sylvester Stallone and former pro football greats Doug Flutie and Dan Marino as celebrity parents of children with autism that have helped raise awareness of the malady. These celebs reportedly share their frustration with what they perceive as Travolta's "denial" stemming from Scientology's rabid hatred of psychiatry and judgment of those with psychological problems as lesser humans responsible for their own maladies.
The Hollywood actor interviewed describes having autism as "like being trapped within yourself, and having difficulty letting normal people know who you really are." Now, imagine being trapped inside a mind-control cult that prohibits you from availing your child to the treatment available. No wonder Scientology has long been plagued by suicides, and wrongful deaths.
The movie producer that spoke with Hollywood, Interrupted reports: "Kelly Preston, in her heart, wants to do the right thing for her son." "I bet it rips her heart out," says the actor. "But," says the producer," John Travolta has so far, done nothing to help raise awareness about autism." source
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John Travolta's 16-year-old son has died, Basil Rahming, the Chief Superintendent of the Grand Bahama Police, confirmed to Usmagazine.com Friday.
Travolta's lawyer, Michael Ossi, told TMZ.com, which first reported the news, that Jett suffered a seizure Friday morning at his family's vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island.
He was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, Rahming told Us. An autopsy will be performed at the hospital.
Police spokesperson Loretta Mackey told TMZ that Jett hit his head on the bathtub. A caretaker named Jeff Michael Kathrain found Jett found unconscious in the bathroom around 10 a.m., Rahming told Us.
Jett's body will be transferred to Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium in The Bahamas on Monday, a Restview rep told TMZ.
It's been reported that Jett had autism, which Travolta has denied -- instead saying Jett is inflicted with Kawasaki Syndrome (the six-year-old son of Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell has the same diagnosis), which can lead to heart disease.
Travolta called Jett "my baby" in an interview with the Australian media several years ago.
"He's my first, and he's my heart. And he's a very special boy," Travolta said. "He's Daddy's boy. And...we spend a lot of time together even though I'm pretty busy. He loves the outdoors and he loves to travel.
"He loves being on the plane. We fly in the ultralight together," he continued. "And...he likes to climb trees and swim."
Travolta and wife Kelly Preston are also parents to daughter Ella, 8.
The family arrived to The Bahamas on Dec. 30. source