John Travolta paid a heartfelt homage to his late son by sharing a beautiful tribute on Instagram on the day that would have been Jett’s 30th birthday.
In 2009, at the age of 16, his son Jett—whom he had with his late wife Kelly Preston—died, after hitting his head in the bathtub while having a seizure. The death of Jett was declared an accident.
The Grease superstar captioned a black-and-white photo of the two of them with, “My dearest Jetty, I miss you more than words can describe. I keep you in my thoughts each and every day. Have a wonderful birthday! Sincerely, your Father”
Jett, a 1992-born child had a history of seizures and was identified as having Kawasaki disease as a young child.
Later, Jett’s parents revealed that he is autistic. At their holiday home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island, the family had a member pass away while they were abroad.
Jett was the most wonderful child that two parents could have ever prayed for, and he made everyone he met happier. “Jett lit up the lives of everyone he touched,” John Travolta and Kelly Preston said in a statement published after his death.
“It breaks our hearts that the time we were able to spend with him was so fleeting. For the rest of our lives, we are going to hold dear the time that we were able to spend with him.”
Preston, who had been battling breast cancer for two years, passed away in July 2020 at the age of 57.
John Travolta’s message from the time, which read: “I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so please forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a bit. I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother. But I want you to know that I will be able to sense the outpouring of love that you have for us in the next weeks and months as we get better.