John Travolta and Kelly Preston post loving tributes to late son Jett

Married actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston remembered their beloved son Jett on Monday, the day he would've been 28.

Sadly, Jett died in January 2009, when he was just 16, during a family vacation in the Bahamas. He hit his head on the bathtub while experiencing a seizure.

The messages from the actors were simple and heartbreaking.

Happy Birthday Jetty! We love you! ❤️

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Happy Birthday to our sweetest Jetty, we love you!! 💖✨

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Jett's sister, Ella, who's now 20, offered one as well, alongside a throwback photo of the family.

Travolta went much more in depth in 2014, when he explained during an interview reported on by the BBC that losing Jett had been "the worst thing that's ever happened in my life."

"The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it," he said. "Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better."

At the time, Travolta credited the Church of Scientology with having helped me make it through the difficult period.

Preston, for her part, has spoken out in support of children like Jett, who have struggled with autism.

The couple welcomed a third child, son Benjamin, on Nov. 23, 2010.

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BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 12: John Gotti Jr., Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the ceremony to honor John Travolta for his body of work in TV and Film, in anticipation of the release of ?Gotti? movie on June 15th, 2018 at Lenny's Pizza on June 12, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ?Gotti? Movie)
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend the screening of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
US actor John Travolta (L) and his wife US actress Kelly Preston arrive on May 15, 2018 for the screening of the film 'Solo : A Star Wars Story' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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In a 2011 interview with People, they called his birth "a new beginning" for a family that had been through so much.

"For us it's been uplifting," Travolta said. "He's given the house a renewed spirit and purpose. He's brought us a new beginning, and his presence has brought joy to all the people who have wanted the best for us."

Of course, he emphasized that Jett's spirit would always stay with them.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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