Jett Travolta Mourners

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The Travolta family has taken time out from grieving the loss of 16-year-old Jett to thank their neighbors for their support and well-wishes.

In a letter "to the people of Ocala" published in the Ocala Star-Banner this morning, John Travolta and Kelly Preston write that "the enormous amount of love, support and condolence we have received from this community has been most humbling.

"Comforting words, thoughts and prayers of Ocala's citizens have made an impossibly painful situation, a little less painful."

The family also thanks Ocala community leaders, law enforcement officials and neighbors for allowing them "the dignity to grieve the loss of our son and Ella's brother in peace. For this we will always be grateful.

"We want all of you to know that you have already helped us. By sharing our grief, you lessen our burden. For all of the people who have kept Jett in their prayers, know that those prayers have given us inspiration and strength."

The letter was signed: "Love John, Kelly and Ella."

Star-Banner entertainment editor Dave Schlenker tells E! News that the Travoltas’ lawyer, Michael McDermott, called this morning. "He said, 'John and Kelly have been overwhelmed by the response in Ocala and wanted to release this letter.' "

Although they are believed to be huddled at their home, Schlenker could not confirm the couple's whereabouts.

“I really don’t know,” he says. “Our reporters haven’t been out to their house since the memorial, and I know the feeling of the Ocala community is to give them their space.”

Jett Travolta died in the Bahamas on Jan. 2. His death certificate listed the cause as "seizure," and a private memorial for friends and family was held at the Travoltas' Ocala estate last Thursday.

(Originally published Jan. 12, 2009 at 12:24 p.m. PT.)

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