John Travolta: Fans and Church Helped Me Survive Jett's Death

It's been just over a year since John Travolta's 16-year-old son Jett died suddenly of a seizure in the Bahamas. Since the tragedy, Travolta has retreated from the public eye (with the notable exception of testifying in an extortion case against paramedics who tried to profit from his son's death). Now he's back with a new movie, From Paris with Love -- and he credits his fans for giving him the strength to heal.

"The kindness of fans and people of all types and sorts around the world have been amazing," Travolta told the Associated Press recently. "I've never felt more of a flow of support and love as I have in the past year and we needed it... You're kind of a sinking ship and you need all the king's horses and all the king's men to keep your head afloat. And we had it."

The actor's fans showed their support by leaving flowers, gifts and cards at the gates of his home, and leaving messages at online memorials.

A long-time Scientologist, Travolta and wife Kelly Preston (their daughter Ella Bleu is 9) have also been leaning on the church to deal with their grief. "We work hard every day with our church on healing," the 55-year-old actor says.

Recently, Travolta has also been channeling his energy into helping others. The licensed pilot told David Letterman that he personally flew 7 tons of supplies to Haiti along with 22 doctors to help in relief efforts for the earthquake-ravaged nation. 

From Paris with Love, Travolta's action-packed spy film, opens this weekend.

PLUS:
VIDEO: John Travolta Flies Relief Into Haiti

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