The Son of Actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston Dies in a Vacation Home Mishap

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Travolta's Son, 16, Dies

The teenage son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston died yesterday after becoming ill and hitting his head at his family's vacation home in the Bahamas, the Associated Press reports.

A house caretaker found Jett Travolta, 16, unconscious in a bathroom late yesterday morning. He was taken by ambulance to a Freeport hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from the police chief. The family had arrived in the Bahamas on Tuesday and had been vacationing at their home in the Old Bahama Bay resort community.

The teenager had last been seen going into the bathroom on Thursday and had a history of seizures, according to the statement. A police spokeswoman said Jett apparently hit his head on the bathtub. Police said they are planning an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Jett was the oldest child of Travolta and Preston, who also have an 8-year-old daughter.

The Impolitic Barkley

There are certain kinds of incidents that can adversely affect your political ambitions. Case in point: Potential Alabama gubernatorial hopeful Charles Barkley's brutal honesty when asked by police where he was heading before his arrest on charges of driving under the influence in Scottsdale, Ariz., on New Year's Eve.

"You want the truth?" Barkley asked the interviewing officer, according to a police report obtained and posted online by "I was gonna drive around the corner and get [oral sex]." Barkley then said the woman in the car with him at the time of his arrest had performed oral sex on him one week earlier.

And how's this for a sign of impairment? The report goes on to say that Barkley, while being processed, joked to a civilian police employee that he would "tattoo my name on your [rear end]" if it would get him out of the DUI. He quickly corrected himself: "I'll tattoo your name on my [rear end]." All told, however, the officer noted that Barkley was "cordial and respectful" throughout.

No word on how all of this will affect Barkley's flirtation with politics; he told CNN's Campbell Brown in October that he would run for governor in 2014. As for his marriage, Barkley and wife Maureen were seen out together as recently as October, when they attended a gala in Alabama.

Locklear Dodges DUI

Speaking of DUIs: As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Heather Locklear's recent driving-under-the-influence charge was dismissed yesterday after the actress pleaded no contest to reckless driving in a Santa Barbara, Calif., courtroom, People magazine reports.

In September, the 47-year-old Locklear was arrested after someone called 911 to report that she was driving erratically. She was formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs in November.

Locklear's plea deal won't let her off the hook. The onetime "Melrose Place" star received three years' probation and a $700 fine, and must attend two hours of road-and-safety classes. Her attorney, Blair Berk, did not comment on the case.

End Notes

Stolen: More than 30 works -- collectively worth an estimated $250,000 -- by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and other artists were taken from a Berlin gallery over the New Year's holiday, the Associated Press reports. The missing etchings, prints and sculptures include "Profil au Fond Noir," a 1947 work by Picasso; "Nude in a Rocking Chair," a Matisse print from 1913; and "Le Boupeut," a 1962 color print by Georges Braque.

Set for Release: Producer Harvey Weinstein announced Wednesday that Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" -- a World War II film starring Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger -- has been given a release date: Aug. 21.

-- Marissa Newhall, from wire and Web reports

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