Death Certificate: Travolta Son Killed By Seizure

Jett Travolta's body shows no sign of head trauma and his death certificate says he was killed by a seizure, an undertaker said Monday, after doctors performed an autopsy on the 16-year-old son of the U.S actor.

The remains of John Travolta's son were being cremated and his parents planned to return to the United States with the ashes on Tuesday, said Keith McSweeney, director of the funeral home handling the body.

Jett Travolta had a history of seizures and was found unconscious in a bathroom Friday at a family vacation home on Grand Bahama Island.

Glen Campbell, assistant director of the funeral home, told The Associated Press that the body is in "great condition," despite police officials who had said the teen hit his head on a bathtub.

Authorities didn't release the results of an autopsy performed Monday, but Campbell saw the body and the death certificate, which was based on its findings.

"The only cause of death that was listed was 'seizure'," he said.

Late Monday, a black hearse traveled from the funeral home to the airport after the family indicated they were bringing Jett's remains to Ocala, Florida, where they own a home. Two white jets waited as police in dress uniforms blocked access to the tarmac.

But the hearse was dispatched as a ruse, McSweeney told a news conference later Monday. He said he could not explain the reason for the decoy.

In a public statement released Sunday, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston said they were "heartbroken that our time with him was so brief."

Travolta tried CPR to revive his son, who may have died in his arms before an emergency medical technician took over, Usmagazine.com reported, citing Travolta attorneys Michael McDermott and Michael Ossi. They did not respond to calls from the AP on Monday.

Travolta, 54, and Preston, 46, have said Jett became very sick when he was 2 years old and was diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome, an illness that leads to inflamed blood vessels. Preston has blamed household cleaners and fertilizers and said a detoxification program based on teachings from the Church of Scientology helped improve his health, according to People magazine.

Police said in a statement that Jett had not been seen since Thursday when a caretaker, Jeff Kathrain, found him unconscious late Friday morning. But McDermott said that wrongly left the impression that Jett was unsupervised. He said two nannies were with Jett throughout the evening, and he does not believe the teen was in the bathroom for very long.

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

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

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham sent condolences to the Travolta family and said the autopsy is a formality the country requires in cases of sudden death to rule out foul play.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 10, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    I did not mean to imply that I was walking the floor wondering what the rest of the story was. I don't know the Travolta family or the young man just as I don't know the thousands of other families who lose a loved one every day in America. If the Travolta family didn't want anyone speculating about this, they should have said nothing about his condition. After years of experience working with special needs people and their families, I can often tell a person with special needs when I see them and see their facial expressions etc. I also know from experience that families often develop cover stories because they are ashamed of these family members. That is a shame. If you don't want people to know about a situation, say nothing. Saying Kawasaki syndrome instead of saying nothing just made learned people say "and what else" because we know better. If a child's condition is private, SAY NOTHING! Don't imply or lie. Religion matters! Christian/heaven, Scientology/hell, what matters more?
  • by name unknown Location: usa on Jan 6, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I agree have some compassion for the family. No matter their beliefs they have lost a child and I can't imagine and do not want to know what that is like. May God Bless the Travolta family!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Tad-it shouldn't be told. This is a private matter, they have lost a child. It doesn't matter what religion you are it is can not be easy to lose a child. They have said that he was on meds for the seizures until they stopped being effective and started causing other problems, I am inclinded to believe they did what they thought was best. As long as there was no foul play it is really nobody's business but the families.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 6, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    Scientology is a load of crap. This kid had problems other than Kawasaki Syndrome. There is more to this story and it probably will never be told.
  • by GoPirates Location: GVegas on Jan 6, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    WOW anonymous...somebody lost a life and a family in grieving..have some compassion..god bless the Travolta family!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    Now all of these celebrities will be going nuts over household cleaners. Lawsuits will be filed, a Kawasaki Syndrome Awareness Month is just ahead, and look for the made for TV movie on Lifetime or We in a matter of weeks.
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