John Travolta’s nephew, Sam Travolta Jr., has passed away just weeks after the actor’s wife Kelly 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.
Family tragedy: John Travolta’s nephew, Sam Travolta Jr., has died aged 52. The actor is pictured here in November 2019
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
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.
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.
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
Jett, who was born in April 1992, died at age 16 in January 2009 John and Kelly, who starred in Jerry Maguire, Twins and For Love of the Game, are also parents to daughter Ella, 20, and son Benjamin, nine.
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
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.