January 5, 2009 / 11:45 AM / 11 years ago

Autopsy performed in Bahamas on Travolta's son

NASSAU (Reuters) - Two pathologists appointed by Bahamian authorities performed an autopsy on Monday on the body of actor John Travolta’s 16-year-old son, Jett, who died last week after suffering a seizure at the family’s holiday home.

Actor John Travolta is pictured with his son Jett (L) in this undated photograph, released January 4, 2009. Travolta broke a two-day silence over the death of 16-year-old Jett on Sunday, saying he and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, were "heartbroken" by their sudden loss. Jett, who had a history of seizures, was found unconscious in a bathroom at his family's home at the Old Bahama Bay resort on Grand Bahama Island on Friday morning January 2, 2009. REUTERS/Courtesy of the Travolta family/Rogers & Cowan

Jett, who had a history of seizures, was found unconscious in a bathroom at the home in the Old Bahama Bay resort on Grand Bahama Island on Friday morning. He was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

A family doctor sat in on the autopsy at the request of the Travolta family. Results were not released.

Obie Wilchcombe, a member of parliament for western Grand Bahama, said the autopsy was completed at around noon and paperwork was finished two hours later.

Jett’s body was moved from Rand Memorial Hospital to Restview Funeral Home in Freeport, where it was being prepared for transport to the United States, Wilchcombe said.

“The preparation of the body will take an estimated 12 to 13 hours,” he said.

Dozens of relatives flew to Grand Bahama to comfort John Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, Wilchcombe said.

The couple, who also have an 8-year-old daughter, Ella, issued a statement on Sunday saying they were heartbroken by the loss of their son.

“Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered,” Travolta said in the statement. “We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time that we had with him for the rest of our lives.”

John Travolta and paramedics tried without success to resuscitate the boy.

The family’s statement did not refer to Jett’s medical history or possible cause of death. But Travolta’s lawyers, Michael Ossi and Michael McDermott, were quoted on Sunday as saying Jett apparently suffered from grand mal seizures, which can cause loss of consciousness.

He was on an anti-seizure medication called Depakote for several years, Ossi and McDermott told the celebrity website TMZ.

They said the drug was suspended after it lost its effectiveness amid concern about side effects, however, and Jett had been suffering about one extremely serious seizure a week.

Travolta and his wife have said that Jett was sick when he was a toddler and was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, which leads to inflammation of the blood vessels in young children.

Editing by Jim Loney and Sandra Maler

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