John Travolta was walking around his neighbourhood alongside his 10-year-old son Ben when the boy began a difficult conversation.
"He said to me once, 'Because mum passed away, I'm afraid you're going to,'" Travolta told Kevin Hart on his talk show series Hart to Heart.
Travolta's wife, and Ben's mother, actress Kelly Preston died on July 12, 2020 following a private two-year battle with breast cancer.
In response to Ben's fear, Travolta explained the unexpected nature of life and death.
"I said, 'Well, it's a very different thing.' And I went through the differences about my longevity and her limited life.
"I said, 'But you know, Ben… you always love the truth and I'm going to tell you the truth about life. Nobody knows when they're gonna go or when they're going to stay.'"
He referenced Ben's brother Jett, who died at age 16 after suffering a seizure when he hit his head on a bathtub during a family holiday in the Bahamas.
"'Your brother left at 16. Too young. Your mother left at 57. That was too young. But who's to say? I could die tomorrow. You could. Anybody can. So let's look at it like it's part of life. You don't know exactly. You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can'."