John Travolta pays tribute to late son Jett on his 29th birthday

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John Travolta (2nd L), his wife Kelly Preston (R) and their children Jett (2nd R) and Ella. (Photo by Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images)
John Travolta, his wife Kelly Preston and their children Jett and Ella. (Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images)

John Travolta has paid tribute to his late son Jett on what would've been his 29th birthday. 

The 67-year-old's eldest child died at the age of 16 in 2009 after suffering a seizure while the family holidayed in the Bahamas. Travolta and his late wife Kelly Preston confirmed after their son's death that he was autistic and had a history of seizures. 

Sharing a black and white photo to Instagram on Tuesday of the actor looking toward his smiling son, Travolta wrote: "Happy birthday my beautiful Jetty. I love you."

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Jett's sister Ella also remembered him, penning: "I love you Jetty. Happy Birthday❤️."

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The 21-year-old posted a sweet picture of herself as a tot sitting alongside her big brother.

As well as Jett and Ella, Travolta and Preston had son Benjamin together in 2010. 

Preston died aged 57 in July last year following a private two-year battle with breast cancer. 

Announcing the news at the time, the Grease star shared: "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.  

Kelly Preston (L) and John Travolta pose with their children Ella Bleu Travolta (R) and Benjamin Travolta during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in 2018. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Kelly Preston and John Travolta pose with their children Ella and Benjamin during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in 2018. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

"My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side. Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered. 

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"I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal."

The couple had been married for 28 years.

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