John Travolta’s 16-year-old son has died, Basil Rahming, the Chief Superintendent of the Grand Bahama Police, confirmed on Friday.
John’s lawyer, Michael Ossi, told TMZ.com, which first reported the news, that Jett suffered a seizure Friday morning at his family’s vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island.
He was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, Rahming stated. An autopsy will be performed at the hospital.
Police spokesperson Loretta Mackey told TMZ that Jett hit his head on the bathtub. A caretaker named Jeff Michael Kathrain found Jett found unconscious in the bathroom around 10 a.m., Rahming said.
Jett’s body will be transferred to Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium in The Bahamas on Monday, a Restview rep told TMZ.
It’s been reported that Jett had autism, which John has denied — instead saying Jett is inflicted with Kawasaki Syndrome (the six-year-old son of Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell has the same diagnosis), which can lead to heart disease.
John called Jett “my baby” in an interview with the Australian media several years ago.
“He’s my first, and he’s my heart. And he’s a very special boy,” John said. “He’s Daddy’s boy. And…we spend a lot of time together even though I’m pretty busy. He loves the outdoors and he loves to travel.
“He loves being on the plane. We fly in the ultralight together,” he continued. “And…he likes to climb trees and swim.”
John and wife Kelly Preston are also parents to daughter Ella, 8.
The family arrived in the Bahamas on December 30th.
Update: Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on Larry King Live that it is very unusual for someone to have these kinds of symptoms with Kawasaki syndrome after the age of 8, and that Kawasaki syndrome would affect the heart more than the brain. So it doesn’t all seem to fit together that it is related to Kawasaki disease.
Thoughts and prayers to John and his family.