Actress Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, dead at 57: ‘She fought a courageous fight’

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Actress Kelly Preston died on Sunday after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her husband John Travolta announced with a “heavy heart.”

The 57-year-old actress, who starred in films such as “Jerry Maguire” and “Twins,” had battled in a “courageous fight” but passed away Sunday according to an Instagram post shared by her husband of nearly three decades.

“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,” Travolta wrote. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. ”

 

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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. She fought 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

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“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,” Travolta, who married Preston in 1991, added.

“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” the 66-year-old star wrote.

“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,” he said, referring to the couple’s children, Ella, 20, and 9-year-old son Benjamin. Their 16-year-old son Jett died in 2009.

“But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal. All my love, JT,” the Instagram post concluded.

Preston, who had guest-starred on TV series like “Medium,” “CSI: Cyber” and “Joey,” had studied acting at the University of Southern California. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 13, 1962, Preston’s first major film role was in the romantic comedy, “Mischief,” where she played the part of Marilyn McCauley. She and Travolta met on set while filming “The Experts” in 1987.

The couple celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in September 2019. She penned a heartfelt anniversary message to the “Grease” star in a post at the time.

“To my dearest Johnny, the most wonderful man I know. You have given me hope when I have felt lost, loved me patiently and unconditionally… made me laugh harder than any other human being possible… shared the most beautiful highs and at times low,” the mother of three shared in her heartfelt tribute to TravoltaPreston wrote. “You’re a dream Daddio and make life so much fun!! I trust my love with you implicitly… with you I know I will always be okay no matter what happens… I love you forever and completely. Happy 28th Anniversary @johntravolta.”

Preston’s final film role was in the 2018 movie “Gotti”in which she played Victoria Gotti, the wife of the Mafia boss John Gotti, who was portrayed by Travolta.

She shared her final Instagram post last month, on Father’s Day, when she posted a photo of her family.

 

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Happy Father’s Day to the best one I know, we love you 😘💕

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“Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,” a family representative told People magazine.

“She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched, the representative added. “Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”

Shock and heartfelt tributes poured in on social media at the news.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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