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A black hearse carrying a simple wooden casket was dispatched from the Restview Funeral Home on Grand Bahama island to the local airport last night in what undertakers later claimed had been a ruse, possibly to divert waiting media.
Meanwhile the celebrity couple and their eight-year-old daughter Ella Bleu slipped away unseen for a flight home to Ocala, Florida, with an urn containing 16-year-old Jett's ashes. It was unclear whether Travolta -- an accomplished pilot whose home in Ocala, Florida, has its own runway and parking spots for aircraft including his own jumbo jet -- had flown his family himself.
It was announced that Jett died as the result of a seizure at the family's vacation home last Friday. The autopsy results may never be released to the public.
Travolta, 54 and Preston, 46, both devout followers of the Church of Scientology, are planning to hold a memorial service later this week, believing that he has not died but simply moved on to a new life.
Scientologists do not conduct funerals. They hold memorial services to celebrate the departed, acknowledge their accomplishments, and wish them well in their future existence.
John Travolta's lawyers, Michael Ossi and Michael McDermott, said Jett was on an anti-seizure medication called Depakote for several years, but the drug was suspended after it lost its effectiveness amid concern about side effects.
As critics of Scientology questioned Travolta's handling of his son's medical condition, Mr. Davis stressed that while the Church does not believe in drug treatments for psychological diagnoses, it does not oppose the use of drugs for medical conditions.
Jett was diagnosed at the age of two with Kawasaki Syndrome, a rare disease that inflames the blood vessels and can affect organs including the heart, causing him to have regular seizures. With adequate treatment, the mortality rate is less than 0.01 per cent.
"There's probably nothing in the world that is harder for a parent than losing a child, so for both of them, I just ... I just can't imagine anything more difficult," family friend Anne Archer told People. "I think what's most important is that friends and family and the community collectively put their arms around them and hold their thoughts for them and help support them through this time."