Earlier this year 68-year-old Travolta paid tribute to his late son on what would have been his 30th birthday
John Travolta has experienced the immense grief that comes with losing a family member not just once but twice. Travolta and wife Kelly Preston lost their oldest son Jett while on vacation in the Bahamas with the family in 2009. Jett, who was just 16 years old at the time, suffered a seizure and hit his head in a bathtub. The Face Off star described his son's death as "the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life." Speaking to BBC, the Grease actor revealed it was one of the lowest points in his life. "The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it," he said. "Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better."
Their son who had autism was a beloved member of the Travolta brood. Kelly Preston once shared a sweet snap of the family captioning it: I have a special place in my heart for those with autism and special needs. Sending love to some of my favorite people in the world. My son Jetty was one of the most playful and wonderful souls you’ve ever met. Earlier this year 68-year-old Travolta paid tribute to his late son on what would have been his 30th birthday, reports CBS News. "My dearest Jetty, I miss you more than words can say. I think about you everyday. Happy Birthday. Love, your Dad," Travolta captioned a black-and-white photo of himself with his son.
A year after Jett's death, Preston and Travolta had another son, Benjamin. They also shared a daughter, Ella. Sadly, the family lost beloved Kelly Preston in July 2020 following a two-year battle with breast cancer; she was 57 years old when she died. Travolta remembered his wife of over 28 years as someone who "fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many." A family rep said, "She was a bright, beautiful, and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched."
Travolta opened up about an emotional conversation he had with his youngest son Preston's death on an episode of Kevin Hart's Peacock talk show series Hart to Heart. Young Ben admitted he was terrified of losing his dad too after seeing what the family had been through. "He said to me once, 'Because Mom passed away, I'm afraid you're going to,'" Travolta said. "I said, 'Well, it's a very different thing.' And I went through the differences about my longevity and her limited life," the Hairspray star continued. "I said, 'But you know, Ben … you always love the truth and I'm going to tell you the truth about life. Nobody knows when they're gonna go or when they're going to stay.'" He went on, "'Your brother [Jett] left at 16. Too young. Your mother left at 57. That was too young. But who's to say? I could die tomorrow. You could. Anybody can.'" He concluded with, "So let's look at it like it's part of life. You don't know exactly. You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can."
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