Jett Travolta's cause of death listed as 'seizure'
An official with a Bahamian funeral home says Jett Travolta’s death certificate says he was killed by a “seizure.” Glen Campbell is assistant director of the funeral home handling the remains of John Travolta’s 16-year-old son.
He tells the AP that the body is in “great condition” and shows no sign of head trauma, despite police officials who said the teen may have hit his head on a bathtub.
Authorities performed an autopsy Monday but Bahamian Minister of Health Hubert Minnis had declined to comment on the cause of death. Campbell said the certificate was based on the autopsy findings, and gave no information on the cause of death beyond the word “seizure.”
Jett’s body is en route for burial in Ocala.
Travolta tried CPR to revive his son, and Jett may have died in his arms before an EMT took over, Us reports, citing family friend and lawyer Michael McDermott and another attorney for Travolta, Michael Ossi.
Radar quoted McDermott as saying the Travoltas said that Jett suffered from Kawasaki disease, an illness that leads to inflamed blood vessels in young children, and regularly suffered grand mal seizures. Jett had been treated with anti-seizure medication Depakote before.
“It extended the seizures out to over 21 days. But ultimately the attacks got closer and closer, they had to give more and more medication, and it started to cause organ damage so they stopped,” McDermott told Radar.
“As far as I know Jett was no longer on medication. But his parents and two nannies supervised him night and day ... Short of holding his hand 24/7 they had everything in place. They loved that child with all their hearts. All this set-up was because he was prone to seizures which could occur at any time.”