Travolta, wife thank local residents for support over sons death

January 14th, 2009 - 12:22 pm ICT by ANI  

London, January 14 (ANI): Devastated couple John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston have expressed their gratitude to Florida neighbours for their support after the tragic death of their son Jett.

The pair bid their 16-year-old Jett a final goodbye on January 5 after the teenager died from a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas, reports the Telegraph.

The heartbroken parents, along with their eight-year-old daughter Ella, wrote an open letter in a local Ocala newspaper thanking neighbours for their prayers, urging them to cherish your loved ones like there was no tomorrow.

The letter read:

To The People of Ocala

The enormous amount of love, support and condolence we have received from this community has been most humbling. Comforting words, thoughts and prayers of Ocalas citizens have made an impossibly painful situation, a little less painful.

The actions of Ocalas community leaders, its law enforcement professionals, our neighbors at Jumbolair and its surrounding communities have offered us the dignity to grieve the loss of our son and Ellas brother in peace. For this we will always be grateful.

From the people who drove hours to drop off cards and flowers at our doorstep, to the service providers who made Jetts ceremony so beautiful, thank you. Every person who we have encountered has offered to do anything in their power to help us, but add that they feel powerless to do so. We want all of you to know that you have already helped us. By sharing our grief, you lessen our burden. For all of the people who have kept Jett in their prayers, know that those prayers have given us inspiration and strength.

What we have experienced in Ocala transcends neighborly civility. We have been treated as family. Although we lost a good part of the joy and radiance of our family, your embracing us as a member of your own has helped us to contend with our loss.

In parting, we want all of you to cherish your loved ones and your friends like there was no tomorrow, to live your lives to the fullest by continuing to help one another, and to be true to yourselves.

Love John, Kelly and Ella (ANI)

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