Travolta Son Was Off His Meds: Lawyers

But had been removed from longtime drug to protect his health
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2009 2:52 PM CST
John Travolta's attorneys Michael Ossi, left, and Michael McDermott talk to reporters at West End, in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.   (AP Photos/Alan Diaz)
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(Newser) – Jett Travolta was no longer on anti-seizure medication when he died, but not because Scientology opposed the drug, TMZ reports. John Travolta's lawyers say Jett had taken Depakote for years until it gradually lost its effectiveness. When Jett's seizure rate increased again, his father and Kelly Preston consulted neurosurgeons and took Jett off the drug to protect his health.

Travolta's lawyers, Michael Ossi and Michael McDermott, also described Jett's grand mal seizures as "frequent and extremely serious." They say "each seizure was like a death," leaving Jett unconscious and convulsing.