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Jett Travolta's ashes to be scattered near family home

Herald.ie - Ireland
By Kevin Doyle

Actor John Travolta's son, Jett, will be laid to rest during a memorial service near the family home in Ocala, Florida tomorrow.

Although the funeral will be a private service, a host of celebrities including fellow Scientologists Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are expected to attend.

Jett's ashes were flown home from the Travoltas' holiday home in the Bahamas yesterday after his cremation on Monday.

Friends of the family have said that the star of hit musical "Grease" and his wife Kelly Preston were too upset to attend the cremation ceremony.

The 16-year-old suffered a seizure at his family's holiday home in the Old Bahama Bay resort on Grand Bahama Island last Friday.

Bahamian police commissioner Reginald Ferguson said the results would not be released because there was "nothing criminal" about the boy's death.

However, his death certificate has listed the cause of death as "seizure disorder" said an official at the Restview Memorial funeral home, where the body was cremated.

The teenager suffered from Kawasaki syndrome and had a history of seizures.

His father and paramedics tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead after being rushed in an ambulance to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

A paramedic who assisted the boy has told how Travolta broke down during the ordeal.

Tarino Lightbourn said that the actor went behind a hospital curtain to cry when he was told that Jett had passed away.

"I could see sorrow. I could see the love in his eyes for his son. When he was hugging his son he said, 'I'm sorry Jett, I did all I could do'."

According to Mr Lightbourn, Travolta performed CPR on Jett as his wife Kelly looked on.

Jett was sick when he was a toddler and was diagnosed with Kawasaki syndrome, which leads to inflammation of the blood vessels in young children.

He was on an anti-seizure medication called Depakote for years but stopped taking it amid concern about side- effects.

His remains were flown into Tampa early yesterday morning, where friends of the family helped prepare for the service.

Reports said that a van marked with the Scientology logo picked up a group at the airport.

His ashes are now expected to be scattered or buried near the family's Ocala home in exclusive Jumbolair.

Travolta's biographer Douglas Thompson said: "I couldn't even begin to imagine the hurt and the pain John must be feeling. The desire to protect Jett informed everything he did."

The couple have one other child, Ella (8).