Jett Travolta's Death: Whose Business Is It?

The death of the 16 year old son of a superstar actor has a lot of people asking questions.

The news that John Travolta's 16 year old son Jett died mysteriously in the Bahamas last Friday was certainly intriguing.  The medical examiner has listed the cause of death as a seizure.

Even though the autopsy is complete, the death investigation finished, and the teen's body cremated, news organizations continue to probe about what led to his death.  Foul play is not suspected.

The coverage begs the question, as with so many celebrity situations, whose business is this?  Should reporters continue to press for more information about the death?

Perhaps it's because it is hard to imagine anything more tragic than the death of a child that makes people so interested in this story.  It's also why perhaps the media may be better served to leave the grieving family to the heartbreaking task of burying a child. 

Do you think the extreme coverage is fair and warranted?

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  • by sorry on Jan 18, 2009 at 09:32 PM
    i think the family should be left alone. i think the media should not be bothering them with questions, speculations, or theories. their son just died, the worst pain imaginable. yet the media is so callous to this and keeps bringing it up like its entertainment. i cringe whenever i see it on the news. i feel like its a sin to watch this. im not a huge fan of travolta or anything, but this is about tragedy, not for the purpose of fulfilling my need for drama in my boring little life. if they want to make a story on the news about it it should be their choice, when they are ready.
  • by Annette Location: Greenville, NC on Jan 18, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    I really hate this! I understand companies want money, but why can't media just leave families no matter who they are to greave. Maybe announce it once to the world, but then drop it! I'm so sick of the media being so nosy and getting in peoples business. Leave people alone, they need time to be together and take every day one day at a time!
  • by Diane Location: NC 27865 on Jan 10, 2009 at 10:34 PM
    Media, won't you please leave the Travoltas alone? Are they not going through their own "living hell" from losing their son...do you all have to keep up the crap just to keep selling your stories?? Give these people the respect you would your own family members. They have lost a child!! Leave them alone. Can't you just keep them in your prayers and stop with all the Paparazzi Crap?? May the months ahead find peace for you and your family. Just know that there are others out there that truly care about your privacy and respect your grieving. Sincerely, Diane, NC 27865
  • by Someone's mom Location: eastern nc on Jan 10, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Leave them alone. They have enough to worry about without the news media wanting a story. A death in the family regardless of the circumstances is hard enough to deal with.
  • by dan on Jan 9, 2009 at 03:43 PM
    who cares these questions are so stupid
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2009 at 03:50 AM
    No. It is no one's business but the family involved, PERIOD.
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Jan 6, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    The family has provided plenty of information. They have made statements and have had their lawyers give statements, which is more than I would be able to do. It is always sad when a child dies and does raise questions, however if there is no foul play (like in this case)then it is not the public's business. If the family wishes to release more information they will, if not we should just send them our condolences and sympathies and leave it at that. All of this blaming scientology talk is uncalled for as no one other than the family, their close friends, and the doctors truly know what went on.
  • by vickie Location: raleigh on Jan 6, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I feel very deeply for the Travolta family. As a person who lost their son at the age of 19, this is the most devasting time of their lives. The media needs to refrain from their coverage of this event. The media feels that they have free reign over any subject regardless of the individuals involved. There have been several situations in the past years that have been covered extremely too much.
  • by jo Location: pitt on Jan 6, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    I think that they should leave them alone. No matter the circumstance/cause, it is not anyone's business. Just like when a Jane Doe dies at 16 years of age. No one cares. They have enough on their minds and they seem private anyway. I say leave them to grieve. It is no one's business but theirs.
  • by Dave Location: Beaufort Co. on Jan 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    It's the same people who keep the tabloids in business. People who have no lives of their own so they stick their noses into everyone else's.
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