Kelly Preston death: John Travolta’s wife dies of breast cancer, aged 57

‘She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many’, Travolta wrote on Instagram

Louis Chilton
Monday 13 July 2020 08:03 BST
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Actor Kelly Preston dies of breast cancer, aged 57

Kelly Preston, the actor best known for her roles in Twins and Jerry Maguire, has died at the age of 57.

The news was confirmed in an Instagram post written by her husband, the actor John Travolta. Preston’s death on Sunday (12 July) followed a two-year battle with breast cancer.

“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,” he wrote. “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 centres that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side.”

A representative for Preston confirmed to People that the actor had deliberately kept her condition private.

As well as appearing in Jerry Maguire, Preston is also remembered for roles in films including 1986’s SpaceCamp, 1998’s Jack Frost, and 1999’s For Love of the Game.

She acted opposite Travolta in Battlefield Earth and 2018’s Gotti, the latter of which was the actor’s final screen credit.

In his Instagram post, Travolta also wrote: “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,” he added.

Preston and Travolta had three children together: Ella, 20, Benjamin, 9, and Jett, who died of a seizure in 2009 at the age of 16.

Travolta, Sarah Paulson and Josh Gad led tributes to the actor.

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