John Travolta Shares Emotional Tribute to Late Son Jett on What Would Have Been 29th Birthday

by Jennifer Shea

Actor John Travolta lost his son Jett in January of 2009, and Travolta later told Us Weekly that Jett’s death was “the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life.”

Jett suffered a seizure and hit his head on a bathtub at the family’s home on Grand Bahama Island when he was 16 years old. According to the Daily Mail, he had autism and, when he was younger, Kawasaki Syndrome, a rare illness that strikes children, inflaming the walls of the arteries.

But now Travolta is remembering Jett with love on what would have been his son’s 29th birthday. In a Tuesday Instagram post, Travolta shared a black and white picture of himself with Jett, writing simply, “Happy birthday, my beautiful Jetty. I love you.”  

2020 Was a Rough Year for John Travolta

In July of last year, Travolta’s wife, actress Kelly Preston, died of breast cancer. She was 57. Preston was by all accounts a doting mother who had helped Travolta cope with the loss of his eldest son.

Preston died at the family’s home in Clearwater, Florida, Us Weekly reported. She had been battling breast cancer for two years.

Travolta has developed a habit of posting tributes to his family members who have passed, talking to them as if they remain with him, on important milestones. On Preston’s 58th birthday in October, Travolta posted a photo from their 1991 wedding next to a photo from his parents’ wedding.

“Happy Birthday hon!” he wrote last October. “I found this photo of my mom and dad‘s wedding. It was nice to see ours alongside theirs. All my love, John.”

Travolta Has Plenty to Live For

Preston is survived by the couple’s two younger children, Ella, 21, and Benajamin, 10. On Benjamin’s 10th birthday last November, John Travolta posted a picture of himself gripping his youngest child in a tight bear hug.

“Happy 10th birthday my wonderful Ben! I love you!” Travolta wrote on Instagram at the time.

Meanwhile, Ella is taking after her famous parents. She is soon to star in her first feature film separate from Travolta’s own career.

The budding actress will play Alicia in a live action reimagining of “Alice in Wonderland” titled “Get Lost.” In the movie, her character embarks on a fantastical adventure through Budapest after a backpacking trip goes sideways. All of the animal characters in the story are played by humans.

But Travolta’s offspring are still young, and they will need plenty of looking after in the years ahead. The youngsters will no doubt provide plenty of material for future Instagram posts for the Hollywood star.