John Travolta’s Wife, Kelly Preston, Dies at 57 After Two-Year Battle With Breast Cancer

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Actress Kelly Preston died Sunday after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57 years old.

Her husband, actor John Travolta, took to Instagram early Monday morning with the devastating news.

“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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The 66-year-old shared his gratitude for the doctors, nurses and medical staff 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,” he continued. “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…”

The couple had three children—daughter Ella, 20, and sons Benjamin, 9, and Jett, who died in January 2009 at the age of 16, after having a seizure while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas.


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Ella Travolta shared a touching tribute to her mom on Instagram.

“I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you,” she wrote. “You have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy. Thank you for being there for me no matter what. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much mama.”

Preston was an actress and former model whose long acting career saw her in more than 60 TV shows and movies. She was best known for her roles in “Jerry McGuire” (1996) and “Twins” (1988).

A family statement to People Magazine revealed that Kelly had chosen to keep her cancer “fight private.”

“She had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,” the statement said. “She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched.”

In September, Travolta and Preston celebrated 28 years of marriage with touching anniversary posts on Instagram.


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“To my dearest Johnny, the most wonderful man I know,” Preston wrote with a photo of the pair sitting side by side. “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 lows.”

She added: ”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.”

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