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Jenny McCarthy Says Jett Travolta's Death Brings Back Painful Memories

January 16, 2009 John Travolta, Kelly Preston

Jenny McCarthy says the death of John Travolta's teenage son bought back painful memories. The star was left shaken by the news of 16-year-old Jett Travolta's passing - because her own six-year-old son almost died from a seizure last year.

She said: "When I first heard the news about Jett, I slowly kind of sat down. Last year, Evan had another seizure which lasted seven hours - we had to put him in a coma for four days so he wouldn't go into cardiac arrest."

"So looking at Jett, I cried out of fear for my own son, and for, I can't even tell you how many children, with autism."

Jett's death on January 2 was caused by a seizure. He had been diagnosed with the rare illness Kawasaki Syndrome, but other reports claimed he suffered from autism.

Jenny - who campaigns for autism sufferers - says that if Jett did have autism, she understands why Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, who are both Scientologists, would keep it private.

The 36-year-old actress added: "They should have the right to keep whatever they want to themselves, and share what they want with the world."

"My heart goes out to them. I have such compassion and understanding for what they've gone through."

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