JT's son passed in Bahamas


Rand Memorial Hospital in the Bahamas tells TMZ the son of John Travolta died today.

We’re told 16-year-old Jett was vacationing with Travolta and wife Kelly Preston. We do not know the circumstances of his death.

There have been reports that Jett was autistic, though Travolta has denied it, saying he suffers from Kawasaki Syndrome, a condition which often leads to heart disease.

Very sad.

NASSAU (Reuters) - The teenage son of actor John Travolta died suddenly on Friday during a family vacation in the Bahamas, according to the family’s lawyer.

Jett Travolta, 16, suffered a seizure at his family’s vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island, attorney Michael Ossi said.

Attempts were made to revive him, but he died at the scene, Ossi said.

Jett, who had a history of seizures, was the eldest child of Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston. They also have a daughter, Ella Blue, who was born in 2000.

How very sad! Our prayers are with the Travolta’s today.

What follows is my personal opinion about America and its worship of so-called superstars. It will go against the grain of what most of you think so if you think you are going to be offended don’t read any further.

Last chance to stop reading.

This isn’t aviation news.

I hate to sound cold but this really irks me. Whenever something bad happens to a celebrity, the nation turns intoa “oh, I feel so sorry for you, Mr/Ms ‘Superstar’” rampage. Yes, I feel sorry for any person who lost a child but I don’t like this “he’s a big superstar and part of my life so I must go into mourning over his loss” crap.

There are hundreds of kids that die each year. Yet we never hear about them. These are kids of parents who are struggling to put the food on the table and the clothes on their back.

If you really want to show how much you care for children then donate your money and/or time to a battered woman’s shelter, Ronald McDonald’s House, or the like.

If you feel you must post this, then post it in the Banter thread.

My response to this incident is consistent, whoever suffers the loss. I just don’t hear about most of those that don’t happen to those “superstars.”

As children are a very important and precious commodity, this is just another reminder. As David has stated, there is tragic loss around us everday. The Travolta family loss, because of his notoriety, brings about the reminder. And it is all around us. I was notified several days ago of the loss of a distant relative, from a yet to be determined natural cause at the age of 40. Because of these reminders, I just hugged my boy a little tighter a moment ago…

let me get this straight, a fellow aviator (of whom I can’t stand his work beside Welcome Back Kotter) loses a child, and this shouldn’t be posted in the Aviation News catagory :open_mouth: ?
Does it really matter that much? Is it really taking up that much space in the internet storage space where this will cause the entire catagory to overflow?!
This should probably go in the suggestions catagory but I’d like to suggest a new catagory, the who really gives a :smiling_imp: catagory,
then we could put the “Is Southwest a hub and spoke or point to point airline?” threads , which do NOTHING, someplace.
AZ said that this type of thing made him hug his child a little more, as is exactly what I feel when I read this story. So in that respect this thread is a hell of alot more relevant than things that mean NOTHING! Again, I don’t like, no can’t stand this guys’ work post 1976, BUT he’s a guy who has the money to do exactly what I’d be doing if I had the money. He flies because he loves it, and I can associate with that, although I don’t know the guy, that is what makes this aviation news, he is one of us in that respect.

As you said you said I should’ve responded to this in the banter thread, but as you can see, my catagorization is aweful.
Honestly, and sincerely
Get a life!

I’m not a huge fan of JT but I don’t dislike him at all. Welcome Back Kotter was one of my favorite shows at the time. I will admit I am a little jealous of his ability to live at an airport, own a lot of great aircraft (some kept at home) and to have a lot of fun with aviation. I’m sorry for his loss and that of anyone who has to deal with the loss of a child. As with 90% of the news these days, this story is not national news but rather an intensely private matter. I have a hunch he uses FA and has probably read these forums.

R.I.P. Jett… as for dami, try not to act like Andy Rooney and find something else to gripe about… thanks for the warning tho! -

and hopefully I didn’t come off sounding like I dislike him as a person, I’m definitely not a fan of his movies, only like Welcome Back, but aviationwise, I have great respect for him, and can understand how something like this must be.
Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) is another guy of this caliber, yeah he’s known by many not in the aviation world, but like Travolta and his beautiful 707, Dickinson helped get a Vulcan back in the air again. They both have professions outside of aviation, but are major faces in it as well.
Guys like this are great ambassadors for our sport/hobby/way of life.quote

Neither do I. Most of us most likely are not exposed to the media, and if the media is not aware of our existence, then guess what, out of sight, out of mind.

Somebody like Travolta who’s exposure in the media is quite obvious will have more scrutiny AND BE MORE NOTICED when something tragic happens in their lives.

A rant about someone’s highly publicized tragedy due to their celebrity status is just as disrespectful to the loss of the individual as one standing up in the celebrity funeral home doing the same rant.

If one had a rant, then the least that could have been done in this case was put the rant in the banter thread where that thread was designed for.

The end result is still the same, a premature loss of a child no matter what economic status that parent lives in is a tragedy. Death has no boundaries.

Godspeed Jett…

you can see his 707 is parked in its garage, but his other plane is out.


We morn him because he was a human just like we are. And we morn for John and Kelly because we feel their pain.

You have no way of knowing when this photo was taken, it could be several years old.

on google earth you can actually see when the photo was taken if you click on “more” and “digital globe coverage” you will see the picture was taken 2008-05-06.

The fact that you already knew that fact, yet posted the image anyway in a thread pertaining to the death of Jett as if to show that the missing aircraft was somehow germane to the topic is rather nonsensical.

This is off topic but i love his little garage for his massive 707 :slight_smile: .

From US

"He had set a vacation for his employees and friends. Forty-nine adults and their children were coming here [to the Bahamas] from Jan. 2nd to 4th. We were all so excited to spend some days with John. We were on the plane and we had no idea, and then we landed and we found out. Every year he holds a party for friends and employees and this year he had the idea to fly us all to his condo. We were planning to hang out on the beach, go for boat rides and spend time with the family.

Well I guess my post from last night blasting demi moore got erased… I mean damiross…

JT was a fellow aviator and we all mourn at his loss. Sometimes peoples fame puts them in the spotlight as in this case. The reply that was on here last night from me has been erased.

In short, dami sure wouldnt mind it if he recieved prayers and thoughts of his loss of a family member…

I agree with needle that some people need to get a grip… And I will say again that the flightaware people should lock this discussion…

All the best for a great 2009 to everyone on here…

So did my reply to you. However, this is it for me. I am not the mean, cold, cruel guy many of think I am.