John Travolta's nephew dies just weeks after wife Kelly Preston loses breast cancer battle
JOHN Travolta's nephew has died just months after his wife Kelly Preston's tragic passing, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The Hollywood star is mourning the loss of Sam Travolta Jr, 52, just weeks after Travolta, 65, lost his 57-year-old wife Kelly Preston to cancer in July.
Screenwriter Sam passed away on September 23 at home in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, according to an obituary posted online.
His cause of death is not yet known.
Sam, who like his uncle was born in Englewood, New Jersey, was the son of Travolta’s oldest brother Sam Travolta Sr.
Sam Jr’s high school friend Nick Mavrostomos, a chiropractor based in Bedminster, New Jersey, told The Sun: “He will be greatly missed, but he will always be with us.
“I found out through high school friends, they reached out to me to let me know.
“We had a great time when we used to hang together in high school.
“Sam was definitely proud of being related to John Travolta.
“He was happy go lucky and a good friend, good-spirited.”
Sam had previously spoken about the relationship he had with his famous uncle and even claimed Travolta sent him a monthly $1,800 allowance.
In a 2015 interview with the National Enquirer, Sam said: “I’m a struggling screenwriter living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, so John’s money helps.”
He also spoke about his struggles to leave the Church of Scientology.
Following a suicide attempt and spending 28 days in a mental institution, Sam decided to leave the religion that his famous uncle has been a member of since the mid-1970s.
He said in an interview with the publication at the time: “Scientology almost killed me. It’s psychological warfare and after a while, it gets to you.
“Things got so bad that I tried to jump off a bridge in Los Angeles in 2007, trying to kill myself.”
There is no indication of any link between Scientology and Sam's death.
Meanwhile, the Pulp Fiction actor marked his late wife’s birthday last week with a picture from their wedding day — alongside a photo taken the day his parents got married.
Addressing Kelly on the day she would have turned 58, he captioned it: “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.”
The Sun reached out to a rep for John Travolta for comment.
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