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John Travolta shares throwback snap of daughter Ella and son Benjamin months after death of wife


John Travolta has shared a sweet throwback image of two of his kids in the midst of yet another family tragedy.

The 66-year-old actor to share a Throwback Thursday post of his daughter Ella, now 20, and Benjamin, now nine, on Instagram. 

The two children – whom he shares with now deceased wife Kelly Preston – had big smiles on their faces as the A-list actor captioned it simply: ‘TBT “My babies.”‘

Unfortunately, not seen on the snap was their brother Jett, who was born in April 1992, and died at the age of 16 in January.

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Family first: John Travolta has shared a sweet throwback image of two of his kids in the midst of yet another family tragedy; he is seen here in Sydney back in November 2019

Family first: John Travolta has shared a sweet throwback image of two of his kids in the midst of yet another family tragedy; he is seen here in Sydney back in November 2019

'TBT "My babies"': The 66-year-old actor to share a Throwback Thursday post of his daughter Ella, now 20, and Benjamin, now nine, on Instagram

‘TBT “My babies”‘: The 66-year-old actor to share a Throwback Thursday post of his daughter Ella, now 20, and Benjamin, now nine, on Instagram

John has endured quite a bit of family tragedy in his life as his nephew, Sam Travolta Jr., has recently passed away just weeks after the actor’s wife Preston died.

Travolta is mourning the loss of 52-year-old Sam, who is the son of his older brother Sam Travolta Sr.

Sam Jr., a screenwriter, passed away on September 23 at his home in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, according to an online obituary, first reported by The Sun.

John has endured quite a bit of family tragedy in his life as his nephew, Sam Travolta Jr., has recently passed away just weeks after the actor's wife  Kelly Preston died

John has endured quite a bit of family tragedy in his life as his nephew, Sam Travolta Jr., has recently passed away just weeks after the actor’s wife  Kelly Preston died

No details surrounding the cause of his death have been released.

‘He will be greatly missed, but he will always be with us.’ Sam Jr.’s high school friend Nick Mavrostomos told the newspaper.

Sam made headlines in 2015 when he spoke out about Scientology – and the psychological toll it took on him – after he left the church that his uncle is famously devoted to in 2007.

He also previously revealed that John supported him in different ways, including financially, claiming he would send him a monthly allowance of $1800.

Sam’s passing comes after John lost his wife of 29 years, Kelly Preston, on July 12 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

Passed: Sam Jr., a screenwriter, passed away on September 23 at his home in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, according to an online obituary, first reported by The Sun. Sam is pictured here in 2015

Passed: Sam Jr., a screenwriter, passed away on September 23 at his home in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, according to an online obituary, first reported by The Sun. Sam is pictured here in 2015

Last week the Pulp Fiction star marked what would have been her 58th birthday with a tribute on Instagram.

Alongside a photo from their wedding day in 1991 and a photo of his parents’ wedding, the 66-year-old star wrote, ‘Happy birthday hon! I found this photo of my mom and dad’s wedding. It was nice to see ours alongside theirs. All my love, John.

John and Kelly met on the 1989 film The Experts and began dating; he proposed on New Year’s Eve 1991 at the Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland. 

Sam is the son of John's older brother Sam Travolta Sr. (seen here in 2004)

Sam is the son of John’s older brother Sam Travolta Sr. (seen here in 2004)

Close bond: The Pulp Fiction star is pictured here with older brother Sam and sister Ellen at an event in 1981

Close bond: The Pulp Fiction star is pictured here with older brother Sam and sister Ellen at an event in 1981

The couple married on September 5, 1991; at the time she was two months pregnant with their first child, Jett. They married for a second time in the US on September 12 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Kelly’s battle with cancer was not made public until after her death via John.

On July 12, 2020, John took to his Instagram to announce Kelly’s passing: ‘It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer.’

Happy birthday hon! Last week the Pulp Fiction star marked what would have been Kelly's 58th birthday with a tribute on Instagram

Happy birthday hon! Last week the Pulp Fiction star marked what would have been Kelly’s 58th birthday with a tribute on Instagram

He continued: ‘She found a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side.’

‘Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered. I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal. All my love, JT.’

On July 12, 2020, John took to his Instagram to announce Kelly's passing after a two year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

On July 12, 2020, John took to his Instagram to announce Kelly’s passing after a two year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

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