Friends, Fans Gather to Remember Jett Travolta

Friends, Fans Gather to Remember Jett Travolta
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updated 01/09/2009 at 10:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/2009 10:50AM

A memorial service for John Travolta and Kelly Preston's son Jett took place Thursday in the family's Ocala, Fla., hometown, and many of the couples' celebrity friends attended to pay their respects.

Lisa Marie Presley, James Gandolfini, Kirstie Alley, Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood, and Forest Whitaker all came to support the family, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

Fans also made a point of expressing their condolences by leaving cards and flowers with the guards who were posted at the entrance to the neighborhood complex where the Travoltas live.

Barbara Weiland and her 13-year-old son Bobby drove 2 ½ hours to deliver two dozen daisies. "We felt it was important to come out and let them know that every day people loved Jett too."

The residents of Ocala certainly felt a strong bond with Jett. Bonnie Morehardt, a former airline pilot who caters for the family, prepared apple strudel with cranberries and chocolate plus Jett's favorite brownies for the memorial service.

"From the very beginning, one of Jett and John's favorites were my brownies. One day I remember John saying to Jett, 'Oh look Bonnie left us brownies. Let's dig into these.' And they sat together like two big kids and popped them into their mouths."

Jett's close bond with his father was easy to see. "Jett was a quiet boy but he did connect, with his dad especially," Morehardt says. "He didn't look at others the way he looked at John."

Jett died of a seizure disorder Jan. 2 while the family was vacationing in Grand Bahamas.
Reporting by DEVAN STUART

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