Travolta's Son Died of "Seizure"

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

FREEPORT, Bahamas - 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, as the 16-year-old's celebrity parents prepared for a Florida funeral.

Glen Campbell, assistant director of the Bahamian funeral home handling the remains of John Travolta's son, 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 said it would bury the teen near their home in Florida. Two white jets waited as police in dress uniforms blocked access to the tarmac.

Jett Travolta died Friday at the family's vacation home on Grand Bahama Island.

"We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief," actor parents John Travolta and Kelly Preston said Sunday in a public statement. "We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives."

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.

Back in 2000, John Travolta spoke on The Early Show about Jett after the birth of his second child.

"The first one, they're monitored so closely. The poor things, how do they survive it?"

But starting when he was just two, something was also wrong with Jett. His parents said it was Kawasaki Syndrome, a rare lymph node disorder found in young children.

It is probably the worst day in the life of Mr. and Mrs. John Travolta.

Family attorney Michael OssiThey have denied reports linking his history of seizures to autism, a condition their faith does not recognize … as among Hollywood's best-known Scientologists.

"I attribute everything in my career to Scientology," Preston said in 1997.

Autopsies cannot pinpoint autism, but today's may somehow explain his final fatal fall in the Bahamas.

By mid-week, the Travoltas hope to bring their son's body to Ocala, Florida.. two hours north of Orlando.. for burial. This island holds a special place for the Travoltas. Wherever you go, the locals talk about them - and now grieve for them like extended family.


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