John Travolta Mourns Wife Kelly Preston's Shocking Death at 57
Actress Kelly Preston has died at the age of 57.
On Sunday night, Preston's husband John Travolta revealed with a "heavy heart" that she "lost her two-year battle with breast cancer." He wrote on Instagram, "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."
John added, "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."
A rep for the family told People magazine that it was Preston's wish to keep her cancer battle private. They said, "On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer. Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends. She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time."
John and Kelly's daughter Ella wrote of her late mom on Instagram, "I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you. Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that 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.❤️"
Kelly posted her last Instagram in June in celebration of Father's Day. She wrote on Instagram, "Happy Father's Day to the best one I know, we love you 😘💕."
Last year, "Extra's" Renee Bargh spoke with John, who dished on how he planned to make it a special Valentine's Day for Kelly. He said, "Oh, that's actually pretty easy. You just put your creative hat on. Usually dancing, dinner."
In one of her last interviews with "Extra," Kelly revealed the secret to their marital success, sharing, “I think just communicate. Keep it fun.”
She pointed out, "Here's the thing — I actually had a perception when I was 15 that I would be with him. I knew that I would be with him. Then it was how and why, and then we ultimately got together, which was really amazing.”
John and Kelly had been married for nearly 29 years, after meeting on the set of "The Experts" in 1987.
Working on TV and in films since 1980, Preston became a well-known presence in Hollywood, with performances in such films as "Christine" (1983), "Mischief" (1985), "Secret Admirer" (1985), "SpaceCamp" (1986), "A Tiger's Tale" (1987), "Twins" (1988), "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996), "Jerry Maguire" (1996), "Jack Frost" (1998), "For Love of the Game" (1999), "The Cat in the Hat" (2003), "What a Girl Wants" (2003), and "The Last Song" (2010). She worked with her husband in "The Experts" (1989), "Battlefield Earth" (2000), "Old Dogs" (2009), and "Gotti" (2018).
Preston received the best reviews of her career for her work in the satire "Citizen Ruth" (1996).
Preston is survived by John, 66, and their children, daughter Ella, 20, and son Benjamin, 9. Their son Jett died at 16 in January 2009.