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Jett Travolta's death sparks Scientology debate among readers

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3697916 When The Juice published the news of the death of Jett Travolta, the teenage son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston on Friday, discussion quickly turned to Scientology.

Jett died after apparently hitting his head on the bathtub while the family was vacationing at their home in the Bahamas. The parents, both avowed Scientologists, are planning to have an autopsy performed on their son, who had a history of seizures.

Preston and Travolta have said that Jett became very sick when he was 2 years old and was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, an illness that leads to inflammation of the blood vessels in young children. The parents have blamed household cleaners and fertilizers, and said that a detoxification program based on teachings from the Church of Scientology helped improve his health, according to an Associated Press story.

The first tampabay.com reader to comment on the news, Jorge wrote: "Looks like Scientology didn't help him with that."

One reader, Jean, called Jorge's comment "hateful." Another reader quickly jumped in with: "That wasn't nice, this was his son.  I'm sorry to hear, no one should suffer a loss like that," Terri wrote.

Despite their calls for compassion, the debate continues to focus on Scientology, with many condemning the religion. "Scientologists don't believe in medical treatment, so I'm sure he was not on anti-seizure meds," Tin wrote.

According to the AP story, it is unclear whether Jett was taking any medications for his seizures.

Sue writes in defense of the Travoltas -- who live in Ocala -- and Scientology:

"What any of this has to do with the Church is beyond me. Albeit, they were members, so what? At a time like this, does it have anything to do with the child's accidental death? I personally have seen the Travolta's locally at the pool with their children and have never seen a more caring loving family.

Hundreds of people have posted condolences on a guestbook. Post your tribute to Jett.

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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:47pm]

    

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