"I miss you more than words can say. I think about you everyday," the 68-year-old wrote.
John Travolta shared a heartfelt tribute to his late son Jett on what would have been his 30th birthday on April 13. Travolta and his late wife Kelly Preston went through the greatest sorrow in the life of a parent in 2009 when their firstborn passed away at the young age of 16 in a devastating accident. Jett was on a vacation with his family in the Bahamas when he suffered a seizure at his family's vacation home and hit his head on a bathtub. "My dearest Jetty," the "Pulp Fiction" star wrote on Instagram alongside a black-and-white photo of himself and Jett smiling, "I miss you more than words can say. I think about you everyday [sic]. Happy Birthday. Love, your Dad."
John and Preston's second child, 22-year-old Ella, also remembered her brother in commented on the post, writing: "Happy Birthday Jetty, we love you so much." John often shares tributes for Jett and discusses the impact of his life and unexpected death during interviews. According to Good Morning America, during a 2021 appearance on Kevin Hart's talk show, "Hart to Heart," the "Hairspray" actor discussed how he handled the subject of death with his youngest child, 11-year-old Benjamin after losing Preston to breast cancer in July 2020.
"He said to me once, 'Because mom passed away, I'm afraid you're going to,'" Travolta recalled about his son. "I said, 'Well, it's a very different thing.' And I went through the differences about my longevity and her limited life." The two-time Oscar nominee said he then got real with his youngest, telling him: "You know, Ben, you always love the truth, and I'm gonna tell you the truth about life. Nobody knows when they're gonna go or when they're gonna stay... your brother left at 16—too young—your mother left at 57—that was too young. But who's to say?"
"I could die tomorrow. You could. I mean, anybody can," he continued. "So let's look at life... it's part of life, you see? You don't know exactly. You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can." Although years have passed since Jett's passing, his absence remains painfully fresh in his family's minds. In an emotional tribute posted on Facebook a few days after Jett's 6th death anniversary, the "Grease" star reportedly wrote: "They say the hardest thing in the world is losing a parent. I can now say that isn't true. The hardest thing in the world is losing a child. 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. My son died of a seizure. 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," Travolta continued. "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. Take chances and go live life. Tell the ones you love, that you love them every day. Don't take any moment for granted. Life is worth living."