John Travolta says 5-year-old son Ben helped the family heal after death of son Jett

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John Travolta's eldest child Jett passed away in 2009 in a freak accident; the actor speaks out about how his youngest child has helped his family heal

In a recent interview with Good Morning America, John Travolta spoke about how his youngest son Ben has helped his family heal after the death of his son Jett in 2009. Jett, who had autism and suffered from seizures, died at the age of 16 after hitting his head on a bathtub while having a seizure.

A year later, Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, welcomed their youngest son Benjamin, now 5. They also have a 16-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu.

“Having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to rebond after a tremendous loss”

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John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston with 5-year-old son Ben (Photo: celeb_babies_kids/Instagram)

“We certainly have bonded together,” Travolta said in the interview. “Certainly having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to rebond after a tremendous loss.”

In a 2011 interview with People, Travolta said that Ben had “given the house a renewed spirit and purpose.” Travolta had been in the delivery room with his wife, holding her hand throughout the whole process. 

On the next page: Travolta on his grief after son Jett’s death.

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