John Travolta posted a touching tribute to Facebook on Tuesday, 10 days after the seventh anniversary of his 16-year-old son Jett’s tragic death.
The Grease star, 61, shared some extremely moving words about his autistic son, who had a history of seizures.
‘They say the hardest thing in the world is losing a parent,’ Travolta wrote on Facebook. ‘I can now say that isn’t true.’
Touching tribute: John Travolta with his son Jett who passed away at age 16 after an accident in the Bahamas in 2009
Travolta said that the hardest thing is in fact losing a child.
‘Someone you raised and watched grow everyday,’ he wrote. ‘Someone you taught how to walk and talk. Someone you showed how to love. It’s the worst thing to ever happen to anyone.’
Jett died January 2, 2009 after hitting his head in a bathtub while on vacation with his family in the Bahamas.
Brave face: The 61-year-old, seen here last month, wrote on Facebook that the hardest thing in the world was losing a child
Travolta touched briefly on how Jett died of a seizure, saying his son brought him so much joy.
‘He was my everything,’ Travolta wrote. ‘Those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. Because, life is very short.’
Travolta had a simple message for all families: ‘Spend time with your parents and parents spend time with your children. Treat them well. Because, one day, when you look up from your phone, they won’t be there anymore.’
Family time: The Grease star urged people to spend time with their parents and parents spend time with their children
Travolta said he has truly learned to ‘live and love everyday’ like it’s his last.
‘Because, one day, it will be,’ he added. ‘Take chances and go live life. Tell the ones you love, that you love them everyday.’
Travolta has previously revealed his personal struggles regarding Jett’s passing.
Family photo: In this undated photo, Travolta is pictured with his wife Kelly Preston and Ella and Jett before the tragic accident in 2009
He told BBC interviewer Barry Norman in February 2014 that Jett’s death was the worst thing that ever happened to him.
Travolta said he didn’t know if he was going to make it through the shattering grief.
‘Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better,’ he told Norman.
The Pulp Fiction star and his wife Kelly Preston are parents to two other children – daughter Ella Bleu, 15, and son Benjamin, five..
Moving on: The Saturday Night Fever star with wife Kelly Preston and daughter Ella Bleu in November 2009