Death certificate: Travolta son killed by seizure
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Jett Travolta’s body shows no sign of head trauma and his death certificate says he was killed by a “seizure,” an undertaker said Monday, as the 16-year-old’s celebrity parents prepared for a Florida funeral.
Glen Campbell, assistant director of the Bahamian funeral home handling the remains of John Travolta’s son, told The Associated Press that the body is in “great condition,” despite police officials who had said the teen hit his head on a bathtub.
Authorities didn’t release the results of an autopsy performed Monday, but Campbell saw the body and the death certificate, which was based on its findings.
“The only cause of death that was listed was ‘seizure’,” he said.
Travolta, 54, and Preston, 46, have said Jett became very sick when he was 2 years old and was diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome, an illness that leads to inflamed blood vessels. Preston has blamed household cleaners and fertilizers and said a detoxification program based on teachings from the Church of Scientology helped improve his health, according to People magazine.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham sent condolences to the Travolta family and said the autopsy is a formality the country requires in cases of sudden death to rule out foul play.
John Travolta ‘to be interviewed over Jett’s death’
John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston will be interviewed as part of the investigation into the death of their son, it has been claimed.
Jett Travolta, 16, died after suffering a seizure in the bathroom of the family home in the Bahamas on Friday.
He fell victim to the debilitating attacks throughout his life but had stopped taking special anti-seizure medication, lawyers for the family said.
The teenagers’s parents decided to stop giving him the drug Depakote because it was becoming less effective in preventing the convulsions, Michael Ossi and Michael McDermott told the celebrity news website TMZ. The lawyers did not say whether Jett was given substitute drugs.
Travolta and Preston are prominent members of the Church of Scientology, which believes that mental illness does not exist and that drug treatments are ineffective, but there is no suggestion that the couple’s religious faith contributed to their decision.
Police will question Travolta, 54, and Preston, 46 about their son’s medication as part of routine inquiries into his death, the Daily Star reported.
Jett had been diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome, a vascular illness that leads to inflamed blood vessels, and his parents had always denied that he suffered from autism, despite the concerns of Travolta’s brother Joey, an autism campaigner.
Jett Travolta has immortal spirit, Scientology says
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – John Travolta’s son Jett, who died of a seizure last week at age 16, will live on as an immortal spiritual being, according to the beliefs of the Church of Scientology which counts the actor and his wife as prominent supporters.
Outwardly, a Scientology funeral consists of practices including eulogies, music, and burial or cremation associated with other mainstream religions, a spokesman at the Church of Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles told Reuters.
But Scientologists do not believe in heaven or hell, although a central belief is the idea that individuals have lived before and will live again, spokesman Tommy Davis said.
“The person (himself) is not gone. There is the loss of the immediate presence of that person in that body and that lifetime, but they go on. The spirit (known in Scientology as the Thetan) does not die,” Davis said.
Ministers of the Church are authorized worldwide to conduct funerals, weddings and other rituals for adherents.
Davis said Hubbard, who died in 1986, wrote several memorial services that communicate Scientology ideals and “celebrate the life of the person who has departed his body.”
“Friends and family have the opportunity to say goodbye, to acknowledge and thank the person for what he or she has done in this lifetime, and to wish them well as they move on to their next lifetime,” Davis said.
The concept is similar to reincarnation, but Scientologists believe that one begins a new life with a new body, rather than returning as perhaps an animal or an object.
Stephen Kent, professor of the sociology of religion at the University of Alberta, Canada, said Scientologist funerals were marked by the belief in Thetans.
“Scientology funerals give thanks for the person’s life but also wish the Thetan well as it detaches from the body and begins its process of reattachment to a future body,” Kent told Reuters.