John Travolta shares a touching tribute to his late son Jett on what would have been his 30th birthday… 13 years after his tragic death
John Travolta remembered his late son Jett Travolta in a touching tribute posted to Instagram on Wednesday.
The 68-year-old Saturday Night Fever star posted a sweet black-and-white photo of himself beaming ear-to-ear as he embraced his smiling son.
The acting legend remember Jett on what would have been his 30th birthday, which comes a little over 13 years after his untimely death.
Loving memory: John Travolta, 68, shared a black-and-white photo of himself beaming with his late son Jett on Wednesday for what would have been his 30th birthday
In the black-and-white photo, John looks elated as he rests his head on his sons shoulder.
Jett flashes his won smile in the picture and has the hood from his sweatshirt up.
‘My dearest Jetty, I miss you more than words can say. I think about you everyday. Happy Birthday. Love, your Dad,’ Travolta wrote in his caption.
Several of the actor’s family and friends shared their condolences in the comments.
Missing him: ‘My dearest Jetty, I miss you more than words can say. I think about you everyday. Happy Birthday. Love, your Dad,’ Travolta wrote in his caption; Travolta is seen with daughter Ella, son Jett and wife Kelly Preston
Tragic loss: Jett died in January 2009 during a family trip to the Bahamas after he hit his head on a bathtub following suffering a seizure at their home on Grand Bahama Island; the family seen in 2008 in Paris
‘Happy Birthday Jetty, we love you so much.❤️’ wrote John’s daughter Ella, 22.
‘Oh John. My hand in yours. X j,’ wrote Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred opposite him in 1985’s Perfect.
The Blow Out star previously told Us Weekly that his son’s death was ‘the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life.’
Jett died in January 2009 during a family trip to the Bahamas after he hit his head on a bathtub following suffering a seizure at their home on Grand Bahama Island.
Travolta’s late wife Kelly Preston previously spoke about Jett’s experience with autism and Kawasaki Syndrome during a 2012 segment on The Doctors.
Medical issues: Travolta’s late wife Kelly Preston previously revealed that Jett was autistic and had Kawasaki Syndrome during a 2012 appearance on The Doctors; pictured in 1997
‘[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome,’ she revealed.
The illness is a rare condition, often seen in children, in which the walls of arteries throughout the body become inflamed.
‘I strongly believe as a mother, as does my husband, that there are certain contributing factors that lead to autism and some of it is very much the chemicals in our environment and in our food,’ she suggested at the time.
Travolta is also the father to two other children: his 22-year-old daughter Ella and his 11-year-old son Benjamin, both of whom he shared with Preston.
Two tragedies: Travolta announced the news of Preston’s death on Instagram in July 2020, writing that the actress ‘fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many’; seen together in 2018 in NYC
Travolta announced the news of Preston’s death on Instagram in July 2020, writing that the actress ‘fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.’
He also shared how ‘Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,’ in the emotional post.
Preston was best remembered for several romantic comedies she made in the 1980s and ’90s, including Mischief (1985), Twins (1988) and Jerry Maguire (1996).
Since saying goodbye to his wife, Travolta has remained an engaged and loving father to his children, who regularly join him in his social media posts.