Travolta family releases statement

travolta_website2.jpgJohn Travolta and his family have issued a statement on their official website,, about the loss of Jett Travolta, 16. The statement reads: “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. We have received many messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has meant so much to us. It is a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spirit that gives us hope for a brighter future. With love, John, Kelly and Ella.” An autopsy is being performed today to establish the cause of death.

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  1. Cindy Veitch • January 5, 2009 @ 12:05 PM

    My prayers go out to you and your family. To lose a beloved child is the harshest blow anyone can endure.
    May it help to ease your hearts to know that so many people care about the loss of your beautiful son Jett.

  2. KoRn-FaN • January 5, 2009 @ 3:48 PM

    R.I.P Jett

  3. Jo-Anne. • January 5, 2009 @ 4:05 PM

    A very well written statement by the family.
    My heart goes out to them at this time.
    I cannot even imagine their pain.
    Yes, R.I.P. Jett.

  4. tributegirl • January 5, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

    A very classy statement by a very classy person, always admired John Travolta. Hopefully they will find the strength to move on and continue to raise their daughter well.

  5. Carmie • January 5, 2009 @ 10:50 PM

    I was heartbroken by the news! My whole family was. Shocking…to loose a beautiful child. May God give you John, Kelly Ella and your loved ones the strength to move on and cherish the beautiful memories you have of are very much respected, admired and loved. Take care and be strong!!!

  6. aprilshowers • January 6, 2009 @ 2:18 AM

    OMG, why do such things have to happen to such a great family?? When I first read the story I thought it was a mistake or another family, it was so shocking and hard to believe. I cannot fathom the pain that they’re going through right now, especially after such a horrific accident! My heart goes out to them right now in their lowest moments and I’ll pray for their strength to get them through. They have a lot of people that love and respect them and I hope that this helps them get through this trajedy a lot easier with their friends and family by their side. My prayers are with the family right now and always.

  7. My own opinion • January 6, 2009 @ 10:35 AM

    I know this won’t be a popular comment, but . . .

    I acknowledge that this is a tragic occurrence for the Travolta family, and I absolutely do not wish to diminish the pain they are enduring. However, these things happen all the time, and affect everyone throughout the world. I therefore wonder why so many comments by others give the impression that it is more tragic because it has happened to a celebrity.

    For example, Aprilshowers (and I don’t mean to single her out) says : “OMG, why do such things have to happen to such a great family??” Should they only happen to “bad” families? And what makes this family so “great” in comparison to others? Does she know them personally, and have knowledge of them I don’t?

    The outpouring of sympathy in this case and others recently (e.g. Mark Ruffalo’s brother)is genuine, but in my opinion unfortunately misguided. I wonder if those who made comments here also publicly express their feelings when tragedies occur in their own communities to people they don’t know. I am not unfeeling or unsympathetic to the Travolta’s pain, but they don’t know me, and I don’t know them, and they are not going to read what I write on this website.

    I think all our efforts would be better spent on expressing our love to those closer to us, in our own communities (whether we know them or not), where we can actually make a difference; to those who may be less fortunate, and have less of a support system, not only in the time of a tragic death, but at other times of hardship in their lives.

    A celebrity does not deserve any more than we would give a stranger.

  8. Nancy • January 6, 2009 @ 10:39 AM

    Totally agree with ‘My own opinion’!!

  9. Jo-Anne. • January 6, 2009 @ 11:19 AM

    Why can we not express compassion for everyone who suffers such a tragic loss?

    It is no less a tragedy for a celebrity than for the person next door.

  10. Anonymous • January 6, 2009 @ 5:29 PM

    And the celebrity is more fun 🙂

  11. toughie • January 7, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

    Speaking from my heart and my own loss of a child, no one can ever feel the same pain as another. Each person handles their grief in different ways, even each member of the family. Tragedy colours the rest of your life. In years to come the pain does lessen but the ache never goes away. It does not seem the natural way for a child to die before the parents. There are lessons in everything and we do not always like them. Choices..go forward slowly or sit in the dark and do nothing with the life that God has given us.
    We are here to live the best life we can and helping others is meant to be. In this way we help ourselves.
    Very sincerest sympathies.
    Our daughter was only 14 when she was killed.

  12. tributegirl • January 7, 2009 @ 9:25 AM

    toughie, my sincerest condolences for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you have gone through, and I thank you for sharing your story. I believe that sharing your story helps you come out of the darkness a little bit, and helps enlighten those of us who have not had to suffer in this most worse way. I pray that I never have to go through what you have gone through, and I hope that you and your family will heal at least enough to get some enjoyment out of life again.

  13. mandee • January 7, 2009 @ 2:11 PM

    in a way i disagree with “my own opinion”. i understand what youre saying, but i disagree. the people that live within everyones communities may not want everyone knowing it was THEIR child that passed away. meaning its much harder for us to offer support, or sympathy for these families. also, i do not believe that there is a single person on this site that wouldnt offer the same support, condolences or sympathies to their neighbour if they were going through the same thing. its much easier to say these things to celebs because their life is everywhere you turn. i know if i had a child who passed away, i wouldnt want everyone to know, and i think it was extremely good of the travoltas to take the time to send out a statement to the world to thank them for everything they are doing to them. im not saying that everyone thinks these people should have less deaths or accidents or whatnot just because they are stars, but no matter who it was it would be a terrible loss that would take forever to try and get over. im sorry to hear about your experience also, toughie. its always heartbreaking when its a child the world loses.

  14. tributegirl • January 7, 2009 @ 6:41 PM

    Very well said, mandee.

  15. mandee • January 7, 2009 @ 11:24 PM

    thanks 🙂 im glad someone sees it from my point of view !

  16. aprilshowers • February 20, 2009 @ 11:11 PM

    to my own opinion and Nancy,

    Cindy, Joanne, Carmie and tribute girl all basically said the same thing I did, so there really is no need to be malicious and pinpoint me for saying basically the same thing!! And whether I knew him or not is no ones business, as I was simply expressing my condolences for a very nice family (which there are not a lot of in Hollywood), so why not just keep this blog for saying your opinions on the subject, instead of bothering other people who do the same? I never said that I WOULD NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY for other families NOT in the public eye, so you were jumping the gun in accusing me of that.

    By the way, I also agree with you Mandee as it seems like we are both thnking along the same lines.

  17. aprilshowers • February 20, 2009 @ 11:13 PM

    P.S. This story was about John and his family, and that is who I was commenting on, not any other family but his!!

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