Travolta says he is heartbroken at son's death

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FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) - John Travolta said Sunday he and his wifeKelly Preston are "heartbroken" over the death of their chronically ill16-year-old son, who collapsed at the family's vacation home on GrandBahama.

Police Superintendent Basil Rahming hassaid a caretaker found Jett Travolta unconscious in a bathroom lateFriday morning and he was later pronounced dead at a Freeport hospital.The youth was last seen entering the bathroom on Thursday, according toRahming's police statement.

"We are heartbrokenthat our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we hadwith him for the rest of our lives," Travolta and Preston said in theirfirst public statement since Jett's death.

"Jettwas the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and litup the lives of everyone he encountered," said a statement postedSunday on Travolta's Web site.

"We have receivedmany messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thankeveryone for their prayers and support. It has meant so much to us. Itis a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spiritthat gives us hope for a brighter future."

Prestonand Travolta have said that Jett became very sick when he was 2 yearsold and was diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome, an illness that leads toinflamed blood vessels in young children. Preston blamed householdcleaners and fertilizers, and said that a detoxification program basedon teachings from the Church of Scientology helped improve his health,according to People magazine. Others said Jett was prone to seizures.

MichaelMcDermott, an attorney for the actor, said Sunday that although Jettwas last seen Thursday and found the following day, he doesn't believethat the teen was in the bathroom for a substantial amount of time.

"Thepolice left the impression that the boy was unsupervised. No. Therewere two nannies with him for the entire evening," McDermott told TheAssociated Press. "They made it seem like he was sent to the condo andnobody checked in on him until the next morning."

"(Jett) was spectacularly supervised," said McDermott, who said he has not had the chance to talk to the two nannies himself.

McDermottsaid he had no knowledge of Jett's medical history but "understood hehad a history of seizures." It is unclear whether Jett was takingmedication for that.

The Bahamas' healthminister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has said that a second, U.S.-certifiedpathologist will fly in at dawn Monday to assist with the teenager'sautopsy.

"I have spoken to (Travolta) andinformed him that the government is doing everything it can," Minnissaid Sunday, adding he could not disclose further specifics about theautopsy.

About a dozen security guards andBahamian police officers patrolled Sunday around the luxury Old BahamaBay resort community where Travolta and Preston remained inside theirhome. The white-sand beach in front of the suites was closed.

The couple also have an 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu.

Travolta,54, is trying to finish funeral arrangements and hopes to fly his son'sbody to Florida by midweek, McDermott said. Travolta and Preston, 46,have a house in Ocala, Florida.

The Church ofScientology, established in 1945 by science fiction writer L. RonHubbard, has attracted numerous celebrity followers, and among its morefamed members is Travolta, who has long been one of Hollywood's biggestnames.


Associated Press Writers Lisa Orkin Emmanuel in Miami and David McFadden in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed to this report.


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