Travolta, Preston 'Heartbroken' Over Son's Death

The couple issued their first statement since 16-year-old died on Friday.

ByABC News
January 2, 2009, 5:51 PM

Jan. 4, 2009— -- John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, today issued their first public statement since their 16-year-old son Jett died Friday, apparently after hitting his head on the bathtub during a seizure at their vacation home in the Bahamas.

"Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered," said the statement posted on the actor's Web site. "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."

Officials in the Bahamas say they have called in two forensic pathologists to perform an autopsy Monday on Jett Travolta to ensure a thorough investigation of the incident.

A possible cause of death may be known by the end of the day Monday, the Bahamas Health Minister told the Associated Press.

A house caretaker found the teenager unconscious in the bathroom on Friday morning.

"A nanny attempted to revive him, all attempts were made, but he couldn't be revived," Travolta's attorney, Michael Ossi, who is also in the Bahamas, told Friday. "They tried as hard as they could to revive Jett."

An ambulance took him to a Freeport hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The family, including Jett Travolta's 8-year-old sister, Ella, had been celebrating the New Year in the Bahamas.

Ossi said that the teenager "has had seizures in the past, but they were controlled. This one couldn't be."

Royal Bahamas Police Force spokeswoman Loretta Mackey told the AP that Jett Travolta died from hitting his head in a bathtub.

Obie Wilchcombe, a parliament member and former tourism minister in the Bahamas, told the AP he expects a "quick resolution" for the autopsy.