Jett's Death Sparked Fears for Autistic Son: McCarthy

Activist can't say if Jett also had autism
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2009 11:48 AM CST
Jenny McCarthy and son Evan Asher arrive to the launch of in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday Nov. 9, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Polk)
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(Newser) – The Travolta tragedy hit close to home for former Playmate Jenny McCarthy, whose autistic son also suffers from seizures. “My heart went out to them—such compassion and understanding for what they’ve gone through,” McCarthy told Access Hollywood. “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.”

McCarthy, an autism activist, said she didn’t know whether Jett had autism but could understand the Travoltas keeping it hidden if he did. “It’s very difficult to go places where everyone sees who you are and then their eyes immediately go to the child,” she said. “They should have the right to keep whatever they want to themselves, and share what they want with the world.”