John Travolta And Kelly Preston Heartbroken Over Loss

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) -- John Travolta and Kelly Preston are "heartbroken" over the death of their chronically ill 16-year-old son, who collapsed at the family's vacation home on Grand Bahama, the actors said Sunday.

Police Superintendent Basil Rahming has said a caretaker found Jett Travolta unconscious in a bathroom late Friday morning and he was later pronounced dead at a Freeport hospital. The youth was last seen entering the bathroom on Thursday, according to Rahming's police statement.

"We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives," Travolta and Preston, his wife, said in their first public statement since Jett's death.

"Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered," said a statement posted Sunday on Travolta's Web site.

"We have received many messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has meant so much to us. It is a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spirit that gives us hope for a brighter future."

Preston and Travolta have said that Jett became very sick when he was 2 years old and was diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome, an illness that leads to inflamed blood vessels in young children. Preston blamed household cleaners and fertilizers, and said that a detoxification program based on teachings from the Church of Scientology helped improve his health, according to People magazine. Others said Jett was prone to seizures.

Michael McDermott, an attorney for the actor, said Sunday that although Jett was last seen Thursday and found the following day, he doesn't believe that the teen was in the bathroom for a substantial amount of time.

"The police left the impression that the boy was unsupervised. No. There were two nannies with him for the entire evening," McDermott told The Associated Press. "They made it seem like he was sent to the condo and nobody checked in on him until the next morning."

"(Jett) was spectacularly supervised," said McDermott, who said he has not had the chance to talk to the two nannies himself.

McDermott said he had no knowledge of Jett's medical history but "understood he had a history of seizures." It is unclear whether Jett was taking medication for that.

The Bahamas' health minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has said that a second, U.S.-certified pathologist will fly in at dawn Monday to assist with the teenager's autopsy.

"I have spoken to (Travolta) and informed him that the government is doing everything it can," Minnis said Sunday, adding he could not disclose further specifics about the autopsy.

About a dozen security guards and Bahamian police officers patrolled Sunday around the luxury Old Bahama Bay resort community where Travolta and Preston remained inside their home. The white-sand beach in front of the suites was closed.

The couple also have an 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu.

Travolta, 54, is trying to finish funeral arrangements and hopes to fly his son's body to Florida by midweek, McDermott said. Travolta and Preston, 46, have a house in Ocala, Florida.

The Church of Scientology, established in 1945 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, has attracted numerous celebrity followers, and among its more famed members is Travolta, who has long been one of Hollywood's biggest names.

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  • by Terry Location: Vermont on Jan 23, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    I would like to express my sympathy, as I know the battle John fought for years, We know are starting our fight, my granson Jordan (3ysr old) was just diagnosed with Kawaski decease, and is not doing well, his liver is not well and they are worried about his heart. I wish i knew more about it and if there was any advise John could give us.
  • by David Location: Manteo on Jan 5, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    You know what bugs the heck out of me. No offence and its not only you WITN but I have seen it a lot. Its the way reporters write their headlines such as "John Travolta And Kelly Preston Heartbroken Over Loss," as though its such a shock that they are heartbroken? The headline should be reworded to make the story interesting and stop making it sound as though you are shocked that they feel bad because they lost their son. I cant imagine what they must be going through and if it was my family and I saw this headline, I would seriously take it as an insult.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Jan 5, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    The Church of Scientology, established in 1945 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. A Science Fiction writer is J.T.'s god? My condolances but very strange Saturday Night Fever?

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