Tragedy struck the Travolta family this holiday weekend when Jett Travolta, just 16 years old, was found unconscious in the family's vacation home in the Bahamas, later to be pronounced dead. According to a report by the Associated Press the son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston suffered a seizure and hit his head rendering him unconscious in a bathroom at the home. A caretaker at the house found the teenager on Friday morning. After being taken to a local hospital he was pronounced dead.
Police Superintendent Basil Rahming indicated in a statement that Travolta was last seen entering the bathroom on Thursday. He had a history of seizures, according to the statement.
Reportedly Jett Travolta had a developmental disability that his parents linked to Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory disorder of the artery walls that most commonly occurs in young children and can lead to heart disease.
According to People magazine Preston said that Jett became very sick when he was 2 years old and was diagnosed with the disease. She blamed household cleaners and fertilizers, and said that a detoxification program based on teachings from the Church of Scientology helped improve his health.
Recalling when his son was diagnosed, John Travolta told Larry King in 2001, "I was obsessive about cleaning -- his space being clean, so we constantly had the carpets cleaned. 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."
Jett was the older of two children of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Their daughter, Ella Bleu, is eight years old.
Funeral arrangements are being made in Ocala, Florida, where the Travoltas have a home, according to Travolta family friend and Tampa attorney Michael McDermott.