Posts Tagged ‘death’

John Travolta's Millennial Son, Jett, Died Today in the Bahamas

January 02nd, 2009

Here is up-dated info about the death of Travolta’s son, Jett, since I wrote this initial post on 1/2/09.

I just saw this new article today on Yahoo, 1/3/09. Click here to read more info about how the family is doing and see additional info about what (may have) happened.

Initial Post On 1/2/09:

Hi All,

This is such sad news! I saw it on Yahoo today. Actor’s John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s son, Jett, a 16 year-old, died today while on vacation at the family’s Old Bahama Bay Resort home in the Bahamas. 

According to one article:

Jett died in the Bahamas after falling ill and hitting his head at his family’s vacation home, police said Friday. A house caretaker found Jett, 16, unconscious in a bathroom late Friday morning. He was taken by ambulance to a Freeport hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from chief police superintendent Basil Rahming.

The teenager had last been seen going into the bathroom on Thursday and had a history of seizures, according to the statement. Police said they are planning an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Another police spokeswoman, Loretta Mackey, said Jett apparently hit his head on the bathtub.

A spokeswoman for Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport said she could not release any information because of privacy concerns.

Other reports have also stated Jett suffered from autism, although there seems to be some controversy around that. The Travolta’s have said, however, Jett does suffer from Kawasaki Syndrome which often leads to heart disease.

John and Kelly also have a younger daughter, Ella Bleu, who was born in 2000.

What a tragedy! I have a young son so I can’t even imagine what they’re going through.

So sad…my heart felt condolences go out to their family.


Barack Obama's Grandmother Died Today…One Day Before Presidential Election

November 03rd, 2008

Hi All,

As many of you know, sometimes I stray from the actual focus of my blog and include top news stories that grab my attention. Today’s blog is “one of those” entries.

Sadly, Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, died today at 86 years old. She has been ill for quite some time, and I find it so sad that she passed away before she could see him (potentially) win the Presidential Election tomorrow.

Apparently Senator Obama learned of her death this morning while on the campaign trail in Florida.

His grandmother raised him for several years in Hawaii so he could attend school in the U.S. while his mother and stepfather lived overseas.

Obama has been quoted many times in the media claiming: “She’s the one who taught me about hard work,” he said. “She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me.”

A fairly extensive article was written about her life on Yahoo! News today. CLICK HERE to read it.

Pictures of him today can be found here.

My best goes out to his family…AND GO BARACK 2008!!


Stabbing At Olympics of Volleyball Parents Prompts Outcry of Gen Y in China

August 09th, 2008

Hi All,

How absolutely tragic. I’m so saddened by the stabbing of former U.S. women’s volleyball Olympian, Elisabeth Bachman’s parents. Her parents are also the in-laws of our U.S. men’s indoor volleyball coach, Hugh McCutcheon (married to Elisabeth). Her parents, Americans Todd and Barbara Bachman, were BOTH brutally attacked by some whacked-out 47 year-old Chinese guy with a knife. The nut job plunged to his death after the stabbing from China’s Drum Tower, where her parents had been sightseeing while visiting for the games.

Tragically, Mr. Bachman died of his wounds and her mom is in critical condition. This whole thing is awful on so many levels.

I’m a HUGE fan of the Olympics and can’t believe this is how the games are beginning. In honor of her parents, I hope the U.S. kicks some serious ASS in every event.

We know that China is “attempting” to shed it’s less than positive image politically by hosting these games, but this sure isn’t helping the effort. And the Chinese youth were really hoping this would help their country’s image since they are part of the Global Generation, and they realize their future will be based on improving their country’s image around the world.

In an article on Yahoo! Sports today, written by Dan Wetzel about the attack, several Gen Y Chinese were quoted:

“It makes me very, very sad to hear this,” a 20-year-old woman from the Yunnan province, obviously moved when she heard the news while standing outside the Water Cube, said through a translator. “I can represent the Chinese people in saying, ‘I apologize.’ I feel so sad.”

And another Gen Y from China commented: “That person does not represent China,” said a 20-year-old woman from the Guangdong province. “He may have (mental) health problems. It should not represent China.”

I can only hope the rest of the games go without any more horrific stories. This murder and brutal attack certainly takes away from the amazing job China did with the Opening Ceremonies. And I can only hope our American team members and other American visitors are safe as the games continue.

My best to the Bachman family…and in honor of them, GO USA!


P.S. Has anyone else heard that the Chinese government had bugging devices added to the taxi cabs and hotel rooms? Someone told me that yesterday, and while not surprising if it’s true, I’m curious to know if anyone else heard about this.