The headline caught me off guard for a minute there. I was skimming it quickly and just caught "Travolta" and "dies". It was even the top story on CNN so I got wide-eyed. I KNOW John Travolta didn't die, did he?! No, but the actual story was still tragic.
Jett Travolta was the one who passed away. He was the only son of John and wife Kelly Preston. He died of a seizure while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas. Dude was only 16-years-old.
Apparently, Jett had some type of illness known as Kawasaki disease that can lead to heart disease in young children. They had a near death experience with him once before due to the illness, but they weren't so lucky this time around. The only good thing that came out of it was at least he was with his family when it happened.
As if that wasn't bad enough, I come across another article regarding hip-hop legend Dr. Dre. I had already fell for the Travolta story so I was reading a little more carefully this time. It wasn't him either, but also his son. Unfortunately, his story wasn't as innocent.
The reason Dre. Jr.'s story is just now coming to the light was because the drug test results had been pending for four months. He died of an overdose from heroin and morphine. The belief is that it was accidental as opposed to a suicide.
It is rather ironic that the guy who gave us one of the best hip-hop albums of all time called "The Chronic" ended up having his son taken from him due to drug overdose. What's even more odd is his latest cd that is supposed to be dropping sometime between now and armageddon was to be called "Detox". It's too bad his son couldn't have followed that example as well.
We all know that's it is always tragic when a parent outlives their children. I personally think it's got to be even harder for a guy when it's their son. We always want to have that little man to carry on the family name. Now John and Dre don't have that anymore. Not for now anyway. They do both have other children and they can always have more. At least they can both always be thankful for that.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both of those young men. May they both rest in peace.