In a tragic beginning to the new year, John Travolta and Kelly Preston‘s son, Jett Travolta, has died while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas.

The 16-year-old collapsed and died after suffering a seizure inside the family’s suite at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island. He was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital. Travolta’s attorney, Michael Ossi confirmed this, adding that attempts to revive the teen were unsuccessful.

"He was one of the most special, loving boys," Kelly’s mother, Linda Carlson, tells OK! in an exclusive interview. "I thank God I had time to spend with him before Christmas."

Kelly Preston’s half-brother, Chris Palzis, tells OK!, "We’re all devastated. It’s definitely a bad time. That’s all I have to say."


Northern Bahamas Police Chief Superintendent Basil Rahming tells OK! that Jett  was discovered unconscious in the bathroom of the family suite at 10 a.m. by the caretaker, Jeff Michael Kathrein. He was taken to the hospital shortly before noon where he was pronounced dead. While an autopsy is set to be performed to determine the cause of death, Jett reportedly hit his head on the bathtub.

Jett reportedly suffered from Kawasaki Syndrome–a condition which often leads to heart disease, however the rumor was that he really had autism, something Travolta has repeatedly denied.

The Travoltas, who also have a daughter, Ella Bleu, arrived in the Bahamas via private jet on Dec. 30.

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