John Travolta sent a touching Instagram tribute to his late son Jett on the day he would have turned 30.
Jett, his son with the late Kelly Preston, banged his head in the shower during a seizure and drowned in 2009. An autopsy determined that Jett’s death was accidental.
The star of Grease wrote, “My dearest Jetty, I miss you more than words can describe” beside a black and white snapshot of the two of them. Every day, I think about you and want the best for you. A happy birthday to you! In all sincerity, your Dad”
Jett, born in 1992, has a history of seizures and was later diagnosed with Kawasaki illness.
Jett’s parents eventually disclosed that their son had autism. A family member passed suddenly at their vacation property at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island.
Jett was the best kid his parents could have asked for, and he brought joy to the lives of everyone he encountered. “Jett lit up the lives of everyone he touched,” John Travolta and Kelly Preston wrote in a statement released following his death.
Our time with him was too brief, and it tears our hearts. The time we were able to spend with him will always be precious to us.
Travolta and Preston also had a son named Benjamin, and in 2000, they had a daughter named Ella Bleu. (born 2010).
Preston, 57, died in July 2020 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
According to John Travolta’s original statement, “I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so please forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a little. I need to be there for my grieving kids after the death of their mom.
But I want you to know that when we get well over the next weeks and months, I will be able to feel the outpouring of love that you have for us.