"Those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally," a tearful John Travolta took to Facebook to share with his fans how he has coping with the loss.
You might have a lot of fame, money, and whatnot. But love is truly something that can either make you or break you. And if you are a parent, there is nothing more you'd want in life than just seeing your child grow up happy. Parenthood as beautiful as it sounds does not pan out the way everyone intends it to be. It is truly one of life's greatest tragedy when you outlive your children and there is nothing more than can make you feel sadder.
John Travolta felt like his life was falling apart when his beloved son Jett tragically passed away at the young age of 16. Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston still miss their son dearly and think about him every single day.
According to PEOPLE, Jett was only 16 when he suffered a seizure during a family vacation at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island. Police revealed that Jett had hit his head on a bathtub and was pronounced dead.
Preston had earlier told Montel Williams in 2003 that when Jett was a toddler, he became “very, very ill, but it seemed like flu symptoms”. Sadly, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease. It a condition that usually affects children from ages 2 to 5, causing inflammation of the arteries. Although it is usually treatable, it can often lead to lasting heart damage in rare cases.
On Jett's 6th death anniversary, Travolta had shared a touching message on his Facebook page about how he and his wife have been coping with the loss.
"Someone you raised and watched grow every day. Someone you taught how to walk and talk. Someone you showed how to love. It's the worst thing to ever happen to anyone. He brought me so much joy. He was my everything. Those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. Because life is very short," he wrote.
"Spend time with your parents and parents spend time with your children. Treat them well. Because, one day, when you look up from your phone, they won't be there anymore. What I truly learned most of all is, live and love every day like it's your last. Because, one day, it will be," he concluded the touching tribute to his son.
After the untimely death of their beloved son, Travolta and Preston did not know how to cope with their loss. It broke them so much that, Travolta told US Weekly, “It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life. The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it.”
Following the tragic incident, Travolta revealed that he had no intentions to get back to acting. He had even pondered quitting Hollywood for good, however, his fans and all the support he received over the years gave him the strength and courage to help cope with his heartbreaking loss.