January 4, 2009

Travolta Family Speaks Out: "We are Heartbroken"

Posted: 02:46 PM ET

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have issued their first statement via John's official website about the tragic death of their 16 year-old son, Jett Travolta, on Friday morning.

We would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent their love and condolences. Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered. We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief.  We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives..."

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Debbie Cornell   January 4th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

Dear Travolta Family, I am heartbroken for your loss. The pleasure John and Kelley have brought through entertainment to the world are but a quotient of the love you've shown your family and your following. I do have a request of you, if the autopsy facts are recorded as I expect their findings to be. I have a son who has the label of autistism. For his first 12 years of life, he tested an IQ of 68,; educably mentally retarded. After special educucation classes and home-schooling, he got depressed at age 12. I took him to a child psychiatrist for intervention. His policy of never medicating a child until al physiological possibilities are ruled out, brought us to his having his first ever EEG. This test revealed that the frontal lobe of his brain"s elictricity was equal to someone suffering a gran malle seizure. He was placed on a seizure regimen of Depakote, 11 years ago. One year of home school with a tutor and myself, (a certified teacher), my son went back to school in 8th grade and took "normal" classes. He worked very hard as he had years of learning to catch up on as well as the new material being taught. At graduation from 8th grade, he was on the "Honor B Roll," taking part in an academia ceremony. He still suffers socially due to his type of autism and Pervasive Developmental Delay Syndrome, but he is functional,learning and happy. When you described Jett as "your heart," I understood. They're exactly the words when I describe this special one, of my 4 children. I love all my children equally, but in different ways. I am a strong Christian who believes that us mere humans cannot possibly understand the plan He has for us, on earth. Two years ago I suffered a near fatal auto accident that has left me crippled. I am grateful not to just be alive, but to have this amazing son who hasn't left my side since my release(after 3 weeks), from the hospital. Now he is not only my heart, but my legs. Due to his autism and anxiety about the outside world, we both work as a team inspiring eachother. I live to hear him laugh and we spend our nights watching stand-up comedians. John says if I'm not laughing out loud, the comedy is not as pleasurable for him. We have learned how to take two supposed tragedies and turned them into joy, the deepest of love and understanding and faith that God loves us and has a plan for our eternally, miniscule time on this earth. You will be met by your beautiful Jett when it's your turns to go home. In The Bible, God promises not to lay upon us more than we can bear. This makes you stronger people than I. You will grieve, but you will also go on. Jett is in a better, more loving place than even your wonderful family could offer him. You will know this when you're reunited, at your time. In the rare images I've seen of Jett on T.V., I see alot of my John. After the autopsy results and after you've mourned, I implore you to study the many dimensions of autism and the anti-seizure medications available to those in need. God created the minds of our scientists, our pharmacologists and our physicians. They are cohesive, not polarized. If you end up accepting that Jett may have had some small aspect of autism and seizures were imminent. If the autopsy shows his passing was related to a seizure induced fall resulting in head trauma, then I see you being a world loved; a world respected: messenger. Use your skills, your populous and your love for Jett and start an organization for a world wide understanding of all aspects of Autism. All the treatments and patience and understanding necessary for these children that are "our hearts," all the opportunities God and medicine have availed to us. Because of the honorable family you are repspected as, you will be heard by the doubter's, those closed off people that forced us to coach our child's soccer team, so their tender hearts aren't hurt, by those who don't understand and don't choose to learn. Whether I'm right or wrong about Jett, my tears and prayers are with youall. Kling to how blessed you have been for 16 plus years of unending love and cherrished memories. Jett is around you now and he will be until you meet again. He loves his family too much to see you suffer. Imagine Jett just in a room you cannot physically access. Talk to him always as he hears what you say and is validated in how much he is still an active member of the Travolta Family.Be sensitive to your surroundings because he will send you signs. All Jett needs is your willingness to open your minds, your sesnses and your belief in his undying love for you all. May God bless your family with peace, privacy and His comfort. AMEN. Debbie from Florida

Mary Jean   January 4th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

May people give the Travolta's the much needed time to greive, understand and comprehend their loss. Unwarranted judgements and resposibilities imposed by an insensitive few does not reflect the millions of people that share their pain, and send their payers and condolences.

Mary Jean   January 4th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

May people give the Travolta's the much needed time to greive, understand and comprehend their loss. Unwarranted judgements and resposibilities imposed by an insensitive few does not reflect the millions of people that share their pain, and send their prayers and condolences.

Carol from Brooklyn   January 4th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Larry speaking as a mother I cannot belive that you continue to adress only John Travolta's loss and not Kelly's. She must be feeling the same loss as John.

Laura Nantau   January 4th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Our daughter suffered from a rare form of epilepsy called Migrating Partial Epilepsy of Infancy. She had continuous seizures from birth which did not allow her to develop neurologically. She was very disabled – she never spoke, walked, crawled, had a form of blindness and required a feeding tube. BUT she could still smile. We lost Rylie at the age of 22 months in March of 2008. We miss and love her so very much and will always mourn her passing.

I wonder if poor Jett had epilepsy and hearing that he did have a history of seizures, it seems as though he did. I don't know why acknowledging or uttering the word "EPILEPSY" is still so taboo. It is a very common neurological disorder and the myths surrounding it need to be dispelled.

My condolences go out to Jett's family as a parent who has lost a child.

Stephen Maynard   January 4th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

You and Mr. People Magazine talk a lot about how private the Travolta family is. So leave 'em alone! In this most terrible time in their lives, do you think you're actually serving some much-needed purpose in exploiting every kernal of this tragedy for the benefit of your advertisers? Shame on you.

andrea   January 4th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

What difference does it make if he was autistic? why question it? the family wants that kind of info to be private. He died!!! Let the family grieve and keep what they want to themselves.

Mandi   January 4th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I am truly sorry for the loss of Jett Travolta and the pain his family is going through.
I believe that Jett Travolta has some form of autism from looking at the family pictures they had been showing on TV as well as the way Mr. Travolta was holding Jett's hand coming out of the hotel room. If a teenager has seizure's you wouldn't be holding his hand as Mr. Travolta was. As well from that very video clip you can see the "vacant" look in Jett's eyes.
I myself am a mother of a child who has a son who has some form of autism as well. Not that Jeff having any form of autism takes away from his untimely death. My heart and prayers go out to the entire Travolta family and friends affected by such a huge loss.

Pat   January 4th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

It is interesting the way you are handling the Travolta tragedy as opposed to the Anna Nicole tragedy.Why does one seem to have more consideration than the other?

Paul   January 4th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I'm so sorry for your loss Mr. and Mrs. Travolta.
My thoughts are with you at this time.


DEBORAH FLORES   January 4th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

John Tavolta is well-loved by the American audience. He is a person that you don't really know, but nonetheless, he is part of our family. His sorrow is, thus, our sorrow.

Melinda   January 4th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

To John, Kelly & Ella,
I am heartsick over the loss of your son Jett.
I am a mom and I cant imagaine what it would be like to lose my child.
My deepest condolences to you all at this very SAD time.Together you will all get through it.Jett & your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.I can only hope that the public eye will let you greive in peace.

Kristin Girardo   January 4th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I extend my deepest sympathies to the Travolta family, I cannot imagine the pain they must endure.

But as a mother whose son suffered from Kawasaki's Disease I must clarify a few points. While Kawasaki's may have chronic effects, it is NOT a chronic disease. It has NOT been connected to cleaning products or carpets. You can easily verify with the CDC that no connection has ever been made and is no longer considered a viable factor. And most importantly, there have been no reported neurological effects associated with Kawasaki's. It causes vasculitis that effects the coronary arteries – the heart – not the brain.

Again, I am so sorry for their loss but I do not want their misconceptions to be spread as if it were fact. They are way off base.

Thank You.

Tanja Theriault   January 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

It breaks my heart to see any parent suffer the death of a child. I lost a dear close friend similar to Jett's death. His name was Andrew and had epelepsy he was only 23 and he was found by his father the stories are very similar and its just such an aweful feeling just knowing my friends' life was taken in such a way, I just could not imagine my son passing. I run an Outreach for sick children I have seen children survive and children die and I have no clue how the parents survive such pain. I have been a fan of John Travolta since I can remember and I am 29. My deepest prayers are with them I have no words that will make a difference just wanted to say I love you John you are an amazing actor, father, husband and i also pass that on to Kelly. You are all in my thoughts everyday!

Julie Hicks   January 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I am just infuriated by the one reporter you interviewed tonight by saying how he is going to be there on Friday and report on Jetts death, and if Travolta was driving the jett home.......PLEASE!!! Of course not!! What a question. This poor family has just suffered a major tragedy. I really wish all the reporters and newsanchors would leave this family alone and let them grieve in peace. Prayers and thoughts are always a plus but the best thing ANYONE CAN DO IS LEAVE THEM ALONE TO GO THROUGH THE GRIEVING PROCESS. The last thing they want to deal with is a bunch of reporters and paparazzi around them. PLEASE LARRY, DO SOMETHING FOR THIS FAMILY. GIVE THEM PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TELL THEM TO LEAVE THE TRAVOLTAS ALONE.

Dr. Yohannan   January 4th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Kristin Girado speaks the truth. The Travolta's loss is tragic, painful but everyone should not relate the Kawasaki's Disease with their son's loss. That the Travolta's Scientology practice prohibits them from acknowledging Autism is their choice, but we in the medical field understand differently. Seizures are not related to chronic effects of Kawasaki's Disease. I, too, am sorry for the loss but if the media begins to link neurological implications with Kawasaki that is wrong particularly for uninformed medical personnel. Thanks!

Zita   January 5th, 2009 12:20 am ET

The questions and comments I'm hearing right now are so disrespectful and insensitive that I cannot believe that someone who calls himself a 'journalist' would even utter them. Of course the sister isn't taking it well, of course no one knows the answers to the questions about when the body will be released and on and on. And most appalling and beyond my comprehension is why anyone would think that a grieving father would fly a plane at this horribly sad and tragic time.
the worst thing in this world is to lose a child. maybe 'news' people should spend some time researching grief and the bereavement of parents who lose children before they get on the air with these horrible and repugnant statements, questions and comments. Have some respect Larry King and staff.

Buky   January 5th, 2009 12:22 am ET

Firstoff, my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Travoltas. Second, I cannot believe that imbecile from People magazine. The stupid smile on his face as he was being intoduced; "if JT is to be believed – re Kawasaki's; ".....We all know scientologists do not believe in medicine". Gimme a break. Sensitivity training or at the least common sense should be a prerequisite to going on TV to talk about issues like this. If this is how People mag. intends to portray this story, they should just not bother.

Betsy   January 5th, 2009 12:27 am ET

The death of any child is a mind-numbing tragedy for everyone involved. My prayers go out to the Travolta family and their friends. Looking at the pictures and the reflection of unconditional love on their faces, my heart breaks at what they must be going through at this dark time. I pray that they are allowed to grieve in privacy as they bury and mourn the death of their son.

Gibbs   January 5th, 2009 12:36 am ET

First of all I would like to convey my condolences to the Travolta Family
2ndly I want to express my outrage toward the People Magazine representative regarding his communication approach to the tragedy now being lived by the Travolta Family. The representative from People Magazine is acting like he is investigating a crime. His comments include verbiage like we are trying to uncover this or we are looking into that. He is single handedly keeping the stereotypical perception of the media alive. Leave the family alone so they can grieve with out People and its "investigation." The only thing the public or People needs to know is that there was a tragic event and a beloved son is now dead. Stop your tabloid reporting unless you are really competing in that arena. Find something else to report!!! Signed : Disgusted in Arizona

Ara Parker   January 5th, 2009 12:40 am ET

My daughter had Kawasaki's Disease and at the time precious little was available (6 yrs ago) on the web about it, but I did take solace at that time in knowing the Travoltas also had struggled with this disease when their son had it. It is possible, due to being Scientologists, that Jett did not receive the recommended transfusions my daughter received which are said to minimize the risk of coronary complications later in life. Autism of course, and whether it can bring on seizures, is another issue entirely. Since few research dollars go into the still unknown causes of Kawasaki's Disease, if anything good can come of this, perhaps now, we can learn more about this disease. My heart goes out to the Travoltas.

Tarin   January 5th, 2009 1:06 am ET

What does Jett being homeschooled or not have to do with anything? How is the sister taking it??? How do they THINK she's taking the death of her brother? And do they really think John would be able to fly home a jet with his deceased son on board?

They said themselves how private John is about his personal life and family, and yet they must exploit every detail of this tragedy in order to garner high ratings. Sick.

Corey, New York   January 5th, 2009 3:21 am ET

My heart goes out to the Travolta family. This is the worst tragedy a family has to face.

john naughton   January 5th, 2009 3:24 am ET

Its so lame we make this a big story! Thousands of kids die every day yet this kid is now famous for what? dying.. So much going on in the world yet all we cover is this kids death. Shame on the press, Shame on everyone who wants to talk about this one day longer. Lets see how much money these gossip mags make of this kids death.

Omar Baloch   January 5th, 2009 3:45 am ET

Let me ask a questions that is being ignored. When the cease fire was announced, who made walls around Gaza? Who stopped basic supplies from coming into Gaza? Who stopped the water supply, and who turned of the electricity? Who bombed the tunnel on Nov, 4? Who denounced a democratically elected group from the first day?.....there was a fake cease fire to begin with. If Israel wants peace why did it do all these things, and why did they not accept the cease fire Hamas offered before this invasion began?

Jennifer Talks!   January 5th, 2009 5:13 am ET

Whatever people may say or think...Scientology Church folks cannot be trusted.Just ask yourself how many children are going to be victims of their parents religion...because there is no way out.Who's next??? Suri Cruise?

Subhashree Rout   January 5th, 2009 5:18 am ET

Our heartfelt & deepest condolence & prayers are with the Travolta family. It's indeed an extremely sad & heartbreaking news to comprehend with! May God give the family the required spiritual & emotional strength, faith, comforts & courage to pull through this extremely difficult phase of their life. And we also hope that may John, his wife & family get some solace knowing that their beloved son Jett is with God & is in a wonderful place now and someone like God – so kind & loving himself is his guradian now so he is happy, peaceful, loved & well taken care of.

Our love, thoughts & prayers are with the family –
may God bless them & be with them today & always...

Subhashree Rout   January 5th, 2009 5:22 am ET

Our heartfelt & deepest condolence & prayers are with the Travolta family. It's indeed an extremely sad & heartbreaking news to comprehend with! May God give the family the required spiritual & emotional strength, faith, comforts & courage to pull through this extremely difficult phase of their life. And we also hope that may John, his wife & family get some solace knowing that their beloved son Jett is with God & is in a wonderful place now and someone like God – so kind & loving himself is his guradian now so he is happy, peaceful, loved & pretty much well taken care of.

Our love, thoughts & prayers are with the family –
may God bless them & be with them today & always...

pinklady   January 5th, 2009 10:21 am ET

I gotta agree with Carol of Brooklyn for writing this at 9:15 pm ET:

"... continue to adress only John Travolta’s loss and not Kelly’s. She must be feeling the same loss as John."

Jett is also Kelly's son and she's a celebrity in her own right long before she met John.

Kelli from Tampa   January 5th, 2009 11:24 am ET

John and Kelly I am so sorry for your loss. My father died from a seizure (he had severe epilipsy for yrs.) He was my best freind and I miss him so much. The loss of a child I know must be the most hearbreaking thing a parent can experience. My love and prayers are with your family at this time.

Carol Thompson   January 5th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

Larry, please take this opportunity to alert your viewers to the world-wide organization, Compassionate Friends. "We need not walk alone" is the motto. It's very healing to be in a group of people who have also lost their children and understand what a different world it is for those whose children are gone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all parents who are facing another year without their children. Thank you, Larry, for the messages that come through Larry King Live.

Molly   January 5th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

Since Scientiologists do not believe in any medication, I'm assuming the son was not taking anything for seizures. How sad!

My deepest sympathies to the family, but could he have been helped with medication? Has Scientiology gone too far in banning medication?

ann   January 5th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

So sorry to hear about the Travolta's loss. You will be in my prayers.

Kelli from Tampa   January 5th, 2009 5:38 pm ET

As a nurse I agree with Cathy, you cannot possibly introduce these synthetic chemicals and think they would have no effect on humans and the environment.
Molly, my father was on every epilipsy medication known to man and none of them helped.

Steve Lizakowski   January 5th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

John & Kelly
My wife and I lost are only son 19 yrs ago at the age of 19 .I can truly
say I know what your'e going through and that while the thought of this trajic event will haunt you for the rest of your life,time does soften the pain.The poem below is what someone in our situation feels and I still read it often.
Stop all the clocks,cut off the telephone
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin,let the mourners come

Let the aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead
Put crepe bows round the necks of the public doves
Let the policemen wear black cotton gloves

He was my North,my South,my East and West
My working week and my Sunday rest
My noon,my midnite,my talk,mt song;
I thought that love would last forever;I was wrong

The stars are not wanted now;put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good

God Bless your family

Janice Hare   January 5th, 2009 6:31 pm ET

Larry while I appreciate the media's need to get in on the death of Jett Travolta, I wish they could show some respect for this griving family. Its too much to deal with normally, and to have to mourn while the media questions their belief in scientology etc., can only cause more pain. I lost my son 4 years ago tomorrow and the pain never goes away, its something no one can explain or feel unless their in the club of parents who lost children. Let us give this man respect so that he can mourn with dignity. I'm still wheeling over the circus they created around Anna Nicole's son's death and the result of that death on her. The media sure bares some responsibility for that as I see it.

Gardner Brannon   January 5th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

Why aren't the autospy results being released to the public?

Gardner Brannon   January 5th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

To the Travolta family: Remember, you are not alone!

Carolyn   January 5th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

With all due respect to the family, this story is not newsworthy when we are in two wars and another war is brewing yet again in the middle east. Please report the news. People lose children tragically everyday, why is this young man any different than any of the others we have lost?

Wendy   January 5th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

This boy was loved, I never saw an interview where john didnt bring up his family, especially Jett.He must feel devastated, and he is such a kind kind soul God be with him and his wife Kelly, and know that we are with them

barry mackinnon   January 5th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

john and kelly seem to be the couple and family in hollywood that everyone seems to love....canada grieves with them...

rest in peace jett

barry nova scotia canada

bubbles   January 5th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Seems odd that Jett was creamated. Seems suspicious to me. Also, why the long wait in discussing him with 2 nannies? Why the report of head trauma when that obviously did not happen?

What are they trying to hide?

annie   January 5th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

John Travolta and his family will never be the same again. The loss of a child is like no other.
My condolences to all the extended family of this young man.

Sandi & Matti   January 5th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

We send our deepest sympathy to the Travolta family. After having much loss in my life, nothing could be as hard as losing a child. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with John, Kelly and Ella.

bubbles   January 5th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Seems odd that the Travoltas did not have him on some kind of medication. I heard that he was on one, but it failed to help him. Why did they not try others?

How much did Scientology play a part in this?

Carol-Ann Wodehouse   January 5th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

My husband and I lost our l9 year old only son. He was killed by a drunk driver well on tour with his band....I can feel Kelly and your pain so deeply, I am so sorry for your loss. You will never be the same as Paul and I are able to go on with life, it just doesn't get any better. You deal with it and that is it and you grow in your lives in a sad place, even though life goes on. I am so very sorry for your loss. May in Rest in Peace and always be remembered with your heart and sould.

May there may be Peace
Carol-Ann & Paul Wodehouse

Dennis   January 5th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Mr. King:

The show about the Travolta trajedy is an example of the trajedy of the American psyche. The Travolta's have suffered a horrible trajedy. Why can't you and the media leave the family alone. All you are doing is prying into their personal lives at a time when they need to be left alone. The concern of Larry King is ratings. Making money off a family trajedy.

I always been skeptical of your programs. They are nothing but tabloid
news with the intent of gaining viewership. In the end, I ask-what was your intent to pry inton this family trajedy.


joe public   January 5th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Larry, this is a tragic event in the Travolta family, yet you have turned it into a circus as has the rest of the media can't you find something else!

Stephanie   January 5th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

May heart breaks for the family. May God bless all of you. I have a son and I just can't even begin to imagine the pain. I hope that in time your hearts will begin heal and that you can look back over the last 16 years and remember all of the smiles, the laughs, and the fun.

Donald Starkey D.O.   January 5th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I am appalled at the insensitivity of the news media regarding Jeff Travolta's death. It is difficult enough for the parents to have to live through this tragedy without the incessitant speculation and prying of the news media into the details of his death. A simple announcement of his death would have been sufficient.

I am really disappointed to see that Larry King of all people is pursuing this course of action. Leave them alone would be my advice, just express condolences and let it go.

bubbles   January 5th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

People kill me with their comments about this should not be covered by the media, but yet they are obviously watching or they would not be commenting here.

my heart goes out   January 5th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

My heart goes out to the travolta family, however sometimes the human race disgusts me to those of you who deem themselves proffesional including the paparazzi you all seem to have forgotten to have a heart be it they are famous they have lost one of the most important things you can lose in life w child if you want to help the grieving process (BACK OFF) they to r human and now are in the most fragile state, people have a heart!!! my condolences to the travolta family you r loved.

JEAN WHITE   January 5th, 2009 9:31 pm ET


non-celebirty parent   January 5th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Hey Larry, The presidential cat died. Is this the topic of tomorrow's show? "This is Larry King with the owners of the cat that died". "Tell me Mrs, Bush, where were you when you heard the cat fall?"

Cecilia Tanner   January 5th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

My deepest sympathies go out to the Travolta family. As a parent of a child with autism, I am curious to know if Jett had autism. My son has a seizure disorder (which os often associated with autism) but he has been on medication for years, which prevents the seizures. I am also very careful not to leave him in the shower or bathroom alone because of his fragile condition. In any case, I would be heartbroken if my son died as I'm sure the Travolta's are. My heart goes out to them.

jniles   January 5th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

My deepest sympathies to the travolta family. Time to respect their time of mourning, and not read into it more than what it was.

aRLENE   January 5th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Your program this evening was disgusting. Let Mr. and Mrs. Travolta grieve in peace.

Janice   January 5th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

To John, Kelley and there daughter my deepest sympathy. My husband and I lost our son 10 years ago at the age of 17 and we understand your pain. I would like to tell you to think of all the good things and good times you have had with him. The more you remember about him and the fun you had with him and talking about him will help with the pain. I still think of my son every day and I wear a necklace with his football number on it all the time. The pain will ease some.

Lois Bagley   January 5th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Hi Larry,
This is a heart wrenching subject for me regarding the Travolta family's son's mother and her father have been victims of seizure disorders. I won't get into detail but I know firsthand what this can do to a family and being fans of both John and Kelly, I have a surreal sympathy for them & their daughter; I pray that God will be with them always as they try to get through this monumentally paralyzing period of grief.

Denise   January 5th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

My heart goes out to John and Kelly and their whole family. Please leave them alone and let them bury their child with dignity and respect. John has always come across as a nice guy who would never hurt someone intentionally. His family is suffering right now. Back off and give them the space that they need to mourn their beautiful son. He'll talk to you about the death of Jett when he's ready.
Leave them alone. My prayers are with you and Kelly.


Stephanie Velastegui   January 5th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

John Travolta and Kelly Preston are American parents more than they are celebrities at this moment. My heart and prayers go out to them and their daughter as they grieve the loss of Jett. I hope the media can respect the privacy of this loving family and stop worrying so much about whether or not scientology approved of their parenting skills or not. They loved their child period.

Sondra Stanley   January 5th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Travolta, In 1986 I lost my eldest son after a long illness. The pain, sorrow and anger can be overpowering. I have managed to survive by knowing that he was loved and that he gave such love. After years of not being able to function and wanting to die myself, I realized that I needed to live for him and carry on so that he would always be remembered with love. I feel your pain and ache for you both. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future. God bless you and your daughter.

Linda Gentry   January 5th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

When a wife loses her husband, she is called a widow.
When a husband loses his wife he is called a widower.
When a child loses his/her parents the child is called an orphan.
But, when parents lose a child there is no name for the parents – that's how awful it is. I know because my youngest child was 16 years old when he died. I know how altered John and Kelly's lives are and will never be the same. I do know how they hurt and I hope they are allowed to grieve in private. Parents never recover from the loss of a child – they just learn to live with the loss. My heart breaks for them and their precious daughter.

Patti   January 5th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The loss of Jett Travolta to his family is immeasurable and incomprehensible. I wish you Larry King and the rest of the media would allow this family to grieve without dissecting every move they and the coroner and the pathologist make. It's none if your business and none of anyone's business. This is such a painful and heartbreaking time for the Travolta/Preston family without having their son, family, religion etc. smeared and questioned on your show and in the media. You should be ashamed of yourself.

To the Travolta/Preston families, my heart aches for your loss.

bubbles   January 5th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

My condolences to Kelly Preston. I cant imagine the pain she must be feeling.

Maria Rice   January 5th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hello Larry,

My deepest sympathy goes to Mr. Travolta. Please do not make this story a parade because it is a sensitive issue.

Warm regards,
Lake Worth Florida

Gina C. Getz   January 5th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Why is it that people have immediately come to the conclusion that there was some wrong-doing with Jett's death? Not only do the Travolta's have to deal with horrible grief, but now they have to put up with personal questions about their religion, and questions if they provided adequate medical care for Jett. This child's medical history is none of our business. It is private. We should be respectful of Jett and the entire Travolta family. Jett had a history of medical problems, virtually his whole life. He has a history of seizures, and that is what took his life.

Wendy   January 5th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

John , Kelly & Ella,

Our hearts go out to you and the family for your great loss. There is no pain greater than the loss of a child. Our family is praying that God be with you in this time of need, that he stands close to you and helps you to stay strong. I am sure Jett was loved beyond measure and you will miss him dearly. I know you will hold close the memories of the times you shared.

God be with you,

kathy vasta   January 5th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I can't imagine what John Travolta, his wife Kelly and their daughter are going through right now. There is nothing more important to me than the safety and well being of my children. I don't know much about scientology. Do Scientologists give their children medical care until they are able to decide for themselves or do they fall under the parent's Scientology beliefs. With that, was Jett helped with any of medical care? I'm listening to the show. Why would their be an issue if Jett had Autism? How would a Scientologist take care of a child with Autism? All in all it is truly a shame and very sad. I truly cannot imagine losing a achild.

Teri   January 5th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I was channel-hopping and landed on your show. I stayed only briefly and was glad you asked for comments before I went back to the football game. I have only the deepest sympathy for the Travolta family. I also have contempt for those in the media who appear to be indulging in baseless speculation in their search for high ratings. So much of what happened is unknown and is, in fact, none of our business. Leave this family alone.

Diane Cook   January 5th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The Travolta family has shown tremendous class with their statement regarding their beloved son. All of us must now, show them the same respect and let it go....whatever happened, he is gone and LET THEM GRIEVE in privacy.

Randy   January 5th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Having just lost a child, I have some understanding of John and Kelly's emotional state. This unfortunately is something they will never be able to put behind them. Now would be a time to allow them to be surrounded by family and friends – not the media. They need time to grieve. Cry when they need or want too without having to be concerned who is watching and photographing. Ella will also need her private time. Give them their space and time.

renee maritzer   January 5th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I cannot believe your questions, about the travolta tragedy. It isnone of anyones business.if he will be cremated. If you are so interested in destroying their privacy, I have seen your show for the last time, ;you are old and it shows. Get a life

pat   January 5th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I heard a few times about john losing his son and only sparodically about kelly preston. It should have been both losing their son at the same tome. Ans as to weather he was autistic, who cares,they love him and he died. My thoughts are with them.

Rosemary from Westchester, IL   January 5th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I have followed John Travolta's career since Barbarino days. I have never seen a more compassionate individual. Seeing his interviews with Oprah & Ellen Degeneres prove over and over what a fantastic person he is. The love he has for his family was overflowing. I was so saddened when I heard this devastating news. (my husband thinks I am crazy because I didn't even know the boy) It's just so heartbreaking. My deepest sympathies to John & his entire family. May God give you strength to carry on.

Jared   January 5th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

John and Kelly {and Ella}

My wife and I are huge fans! We just want to say...We're senting our condolences and our thoughts/prayers are with you at this difficult time. My wife just lost her grandfather on Christmas day and I lost a few people in my life within the last decade and I know what you're going through. Its hard. God's with you and he'll let you heal! God Bless your family. God bless your son's soul and let him rest in peace. he's in a happier place and with your late loved ones!

Love you!

Lou Morris   January 5th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

My 20-year old daughter was murdered many years ago. I hope that the Travolta's, mother, father, sister of Jett did not watch this program. If I did not know of the death prior to tuning in on Larry King Live, I would think that you, THE MEDIA, expected some sort of foul play. Do you realize the harm you could be doing to them and their loved ones. Some souls are born old and share their desires for the type of burial they want at a very young age. My daughter had told several of the significant people in her life that she wanted to be creamated and her ashes scattered at sea.

There is no GREATER LOSS than the death of a child, whether it is still in the womb, a young person, or a 60-year old child. It is against the laws of nature and is therefore, not expected. May the Good Lord watch over Jett's family, including his extended family.

If there is any advice that I could bring to the family, it would be to do something for society that you would not have done if not having suffered this tragic loss.

I started college (at the age of 44) and continued until I was teaching special education and continued until I obtained a Masters Degree in Special Education. Whenever I'm asked when I will retire, my reply is that it will be when I have nothing left that's special for the students.

angela coleman   January 5th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

may god bless you and comfort in your time of sorrow. Travolta Family: my heart breaks for you for the loss of son. my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

wilma   January 5th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

my heart gos out to Johns family God bless

Judith   January 5th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

My sincere sympanthy for the loss of their son Jett.

Alicia from Puerto Rico   January 5th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

My deepest condolences to the Travolta's family. I know this pain you are going through I lost my only brother in 2002 and we suffered so much especially my mother which passed on on 2004 she never stopped suffering. God bless all of you and may you find serenity.

sue   January 5th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Jett's parents loved him very much, and the media should be offering their concerns for the family, without going into what ifs, and casting doubts about their beliefs and what illness the child had. I respect you Larry King, and I want the media to respect this family. I just wish you and others would simply let it be known that you are sorry for their loss, and not interview all these people about whatever illness this child could have had and go to a "news story", this is not a news story, this is a very sad, personal loss and should be treated with the respect that the family deserves, What if it were your child? Would you want people casting doubts on television regarding your parenting? I think not, and I know you aren't doing this, but having these people on your show with discussions about how Jett was medicated or not medicated is WRONG!!!

kevin hill   January 5th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

To the travolta family
deepest sympathy for the loss of your son.

Lisa Oleniczak   January 5th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Dear John, Kelly, Ella & Family-

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. I have 2 children and cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. My thoughts, prayers & heart are with you at this unimaginable difficult time. Jett will always be with you- be strong & keep your faith!
Much Love & Many Hugs-
Lisa (WI)

Linda Gentry   January 5th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

When a wife loses her husband, she is called a widow.
When a husband loses his wife he is called a widower.
When a child loses his/her parents the child is called an orphan.
But, the Yiddish say that when parents lose a child there is no name for the parents – that’s how awful the pain is. I know this is true because my youngest child was 16 years old when he died. I know how altered John's and Kelly’s lives are and will never be the same. I do know how they hurt and I hope they are allowed to grieve in private. Parents never recover from the loss of a child – they just learn to live with the loss. My heart breaks for them and their precious daughter.

Valerie NELSON   January 5th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

My daughter has had seizures since she was 20 years of age,and each one she has tears off yet another little piece if my heart. She has had the the most terrible accidents,because seizures come whenever they want to.She is treated with the finest medications that her specialist in London U.K. can offer, of course they are all free there. But still they cannot control them.
So stop this 'witch hunt' and let this family grieve for the loss of their son with dignity, and in private! Your children are not supposed to die before the parents,I can only imagine how they feel.
Maybe now we can stop some of the terrible things that are thought by so many ignorant people, about seizures.
All my love to the Travolta family.

PJ   January 5th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Hello Larry I very sorry to hear this about the Travolta family I haved loved John Travolta since the Welcome back Kotter days I also have a Seizure disorder I take mecidine for it but every now and then I have a seizure. Just last week I have a seizure talking on the phone while sitting at my computer, I hit my head very hard on the desk and my brother found me lying faced down on the floor, luckily for me he decided to come straight home after work otherwise I would have been alone. Seizures can be a very scary experience because you never know when or where all I can do is take the medicine and hope for the best.

May God bless the Travolta family

Teresa   January 5th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

The pain and heartache that this family is feeling is unimaginable. A mother has lost her child, A father has lost his son, and a little sister has lost her big brother. It does not matter how you make a living or what you believe in this is devastating. My prayer tonight will include the Travolta Family.


Linda Joyce   January 5th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

The loss of John Travolta & Kelly Preston's son Jett is such a terrible tragedy. one that a parent should never have to experience. I've always been a huge fan of John Travolta. dating back to his "Welcome Back Kotter" days. He is a great actor and he seems so down to earth. any time I 've ever seen him on a talk show, he is always so nice. I think Kelly Preston is a great actress as well. she is beautiful, and together they make a great couple. but behind all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, they are just 2 regular people.......a Mom and Dad trying to come to grips with their unimaginable loss. my heart goes out to them. With deepest sympathy. Linda Joyce (Dedham, Massachusetts)

rc   January 5th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

There is no doubt that the death of Jett Travolta is a terrible tragedy but we need to know ALL the answers to ALL the questions. This should NEVER happen to another child. The most sincere way to honor Jett's life is to understand what truly happened and prevent it from happening to one more child. If this is possible, then Jett would not have died in vain.
My sincerest condolences to the Travolta family and I will say what someone once said to me, "now you have an angel in heaven".
Peace be with you.

Jackie   January 5th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

May God bless John, Kelly, and Ella as they grieve the death of Jett. I pray that the media will give them the privacy they deserve. I also pray for them to feel God's presence, peace and love during this time.

Vern Edwards   January 6th, 2009 12:17 am ET

I would like pass along my sympathy to the Travolta family. Losing a child at a young age is very hard. I will say an extra prayer for Jett tonight.

gwe   January 6th, 2009 12:20 am ET

A loss of any kind is devistating. I think that the family should be let grieve and not pick apart everything that has happened and make assumptions of what "could have or might have" happened. I realize that they are ""stars but they are people first who have suffered a tremendous loss. I find it hard to believe that you can make a show about this whole event. Very uncaring attitude.

Louise   January 6th, 2009 12:21 am ET

The family has been through enough....why can't the media just accept that the child had a seizure and leave them alone??

Robin Linn   January 6th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I am a big John Travolta fan, and I was so saddened to hear of the death of his son Jett. I can't imagine losing a child at any age. My heart goes out to John and his wife Kelly, and I hope that somehow they can find peace in their broken hearts with God's help. I know that they are scientologists and I'm not exactly sure what their beliefs are, but I know that Jett is in a better place.

alivia schultz   January 6th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Four years ago my 10 year old daughter dies in a auto accident. My father had a seizure while driving and we lost them both. I have five other children who have gotten me through the years. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Susan Bonomo   January 6th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Let Jonn Travolta and Kelly Preston mourn in peace. I have no interest in why their child passed away as it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS. Why does CNN or Larry King think that it is their business? Larry, what if this was YOUR son?

paula   January 6th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I feel that the Travolta's should be allowed to grieve, undisturbed with their family and close friends. This is a tragedy and I wish that we could all put ourselves in their place at this time and treat them as we would want to be treated. It is enough to know of the death and I see no need to question the family's treatment of their son, as it is obvious in every picture of them with him that they loved him dearly. Paula MO

Mary Baker   January 6th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Dear Travolta family, I understand the sorrow you feel and the pain that seems will never disappear. I am a hospice nurse in Kansas and have seen many families go through what you are. The sadness
is right there on top of the river of emotions. However both of you are very strong human beings and must know your child is embraced in light and love. Family and friends are your most precious blessings.
Embrace all the love you can, it will only find itself to Jett. Peace at heart and blessings to you and your family.

The Bakers
Wichita, Kansas

Kat Leon   January 6th, 2009 12:36 am ET

I'm writing about some of the comments spoken regarding the loss of Jett Travolta...someone said "they are still!!!! grieving." It's been 3 days!!!! I lost my son 2 1/2 yrs ago, and I can tell you they will be grieving for year s!!!!!!!
This is not something you ever!! get over. The shock will be there for days and months. The grief is just beginning. Please be kind to this family. "They are heartbroken"...... Of course they are. There are not enough words to describe the pain they are they are feeling. There is nothing that can be said or done to understand this loss. I know, I am still going through my pain. My son, Cpl Chris Leon, was a Marine and was killed in Iraq 6-20-06. At times, there is still disbelief. This family has experienced the most incredible loss possible and has to live with all the media frenzy. Help them a little, give them as much space as possible. They need as much private time as possible.

F Bush   January 6th, 2009 12:37 am ET

This is the first time I found Larry King to be offensive.
He questioned people on his show as though he was trying to find the Travolta's guilty of something. I think the Travolta's are wonderful people and parents and Larry King should respect their privacy and their grief. I am sure these people are not guilty of anything except loving their son and that they did nothing wrong. If they want to creamate their son that is their choice.

june   January 6th, 2009 12:38 am ET

please respect john and his familys privacy at this time, as a mother who also lost a 16 year old son , they have enough on their minds dealing with their loss. dont make it any harder on them. god bless them at this tragic time in there life . may god bring them comfort .

elias   January 6th, 2009 12:47 am ET

yes it is a great trajedy to us when a son or daughter is lost no matter what the circumstances. our hearts and prayers go out the Travoltas and may they treasure forever all the loving memories their son left them with. However, it is interesting, that cnn has devoted so much air time to this event, you might say, than to all the sons and daughters that have been killed in the war in Iraq on both sides. Americans and Iraqi parents alike, all loved their children very much also!!!

Linda Hawkins   January 6th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I would just like to send my most heart felt condolences to the entire Travolta family. To his Mom Kelly, just know that your son will always live in your and John's heart forever. And to his sister, may you be comforted as well.I would also like to say that Jett has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen, they just draw you in and I am sure he is the greatest joy you all have ever had in your life. May God be with you and comfort you in this time of sorrow, you are certainly in my prayers. Jett, with his angel eyes and sweet spirit will be with us all forever.

caroline clark   January 6th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I feel deeply for the family, but with all their money could they not have gotten their son help. Maybe they should look to their religion, and asked why their son wasn't like every other 16 year old, and why they didn't accept it.

Linda Hawkins   January 6th, 2009 12:56 am ET

To the entire Travolta family, I offer my most sincere sympathy. Jett and his beautiful Angel Eyes and kind spirit will live on in your hearts forever. May God Bless you all and give you peace. You are all in my prayers and in my heart.

Linda Hawkins

alivia schultz   January 6th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Four years ago my 10 year old daughter died in a auto accident. My father had a seizure while driving and we lost them both.
I have never felt pain at this level. She was the oldest of six. My husband children are the only thing that have kept me going. I face everyday with the soul crushing reality of death.
Hold on to the ones you love they may be the only thing keeping you afloat.
My heart goes out to to the Travolta/Preston family.

Susan Lawson   January 6th, 2009 12:58 am ET

To the Travolta Family: In this, your time of unspeakable grief, I want you to know that you are in my prayers. I am a mother and I worry every minute of every day about my girls, but I also realize that I can't be in total control of their lives. The best you can do as a parent is to love your children with all your heart, put their well-being first and foremost, and LOVE your children with all your heart. It is very apparent to any of us who have seen the pictures that you do just that. You can't do any more but to leave it in God's hands. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand, and may He bring you comfort and peace. I pray that you receive strength and courage to get you through this very difficult time. Please know that you are loved and cared about.

I also pray that people (THE MEDIA), keep their distance and be graceful enough to allow your family this time to grieve with those closest to you.

Susan White   January 6th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Four years ago we lost our son suddenly due to accidental choking. As soon as we heard of the Travoltas' tragedy, we felt so sad knowing what they were going through. Early on we decided that we were not going to go through life and leave our son's life behind, we were going to continue to bring him along through our holidays, family events, conversations and by celebrating his life through giving to others. His Christmas stocking is filled with messages and donations and his birthday continues to be celebrated by our family.When new aquaintances ask how many children we have, our answer is the same: we have four children, not three. Our son's possessions are with the family, we could not bear to part with his clothes, they remain packed away. There are no rules for grieving the loss of a child, do what gives you comfort and continues your connection with your child. Get through one hour, one day at a time and ride the waves of grief with each other.The bond that Jett has with his family can never be broken, I know that our son is near and watches over us and worries. By our actions we try to show him that we will not give up and will take care of each other for him. Our sincerest and heartfelt thoughts go out to the Travoltas and Jett's friends and other family members.

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