Kelly Preston has died at the age of 57.
The actress died on Sunday morning after a long battle with breast cancer, her husband John Travolta confirmed in an emotional post to Instagram.
“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,” the actor wrote, alongside a photo of his wife. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”
“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” he added. “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.”
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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
“On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer,” a rep for the family told People. “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends.”
Preston is survived by her husband of 18 years, John Travolta, and their children — 20-year-old daughter Ella and 9-year-old son Benjamin. The couple’s son, Jett, died in 2009 at the age of 16.
Stars paid tribute to the actress on social media after news of her tragic death emerged online.
So sad for my pal Travolta. So hurt for his families loss. Kelly is a gem of so many facets. My families prayers and love to you and the family JT.
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) July 13, 2020
Deeply heartbroken for the whole Travolta family over the passing of the wonderful, kind, and extremely talented Kelly Preston. 💔I’m sending love and prayers to her husband, her children and everyone who loved her. May She Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) July 13, 2020
RIP Kelly Preston. I was blessed to do a film with you. You were our daily sunshine. What a sweet soul. Rest well girl. My prayers today will be for your family. -T pic.twitter.com/bfOskHfRyA
— Toby Keith (@tobykeith) July 13, 2020
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I am so very sad to hear of my old friend @therealkellypreston passing. We had so much fun making #spacecamp all those many years ago. She was always full of love and light and Hawaiian breeziness. Kelly was so beautiful inside and out. Went way to young. #heartbroken for her whole family #breastcancerawareness is so important. Hold each other close and let’s keep fighting for a cure. 💔
A beautiful lady. Inside and out.
A crushing loss.
Rest In Peace, Kelly Preston 🙏🏽💔 pic.twitter.com/ogNArcdyFI
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) July 13, 2020
Kelly Preston was enormously kind and unbelievably lovely. Can’t believe this. My thoughts are with her sweet Ella and the rest of her incredible family. RIP 🤍🤍🤍
— Chloe Bennet (@chloebennet) July 13, 2020
I’m in absolute shock. What a beautiful and amazing actress and person. So sad to hear of her passing at such a young age. My heart goes out to John Travolta and the entire family. What a loss. 🙏 RIP #KellyPreston https://t.co/yRqOmI3CjW
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 13, 2020
Shocked by this sad news. Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief. Join me in sending them love and strength. #RIP #KellyPreston https://t.co/DndcfOtlOn
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) July 13, 2020
Can’t remember where, but, met first in late ‘92 I think.
Such a lovely person. In 1995 we auditioned together for Breaking Up, Salma Hayek got that gig.
I havent seen her much, but when I did, she was always the same sparkly eyed gem.
Love to her family.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) July 13, 2020
#RIP Kelly Preston . Prayers go out to John, her family and friends.
— Adina Porter (@AdinaPorter) July 13, 2020
RIP to my on screen mom, #kellypreston. What a lovely woman. Such a sad loss.
— Spencer Breslin (@Spencerbreslin) July 13, 2020
so much heartbreak Rest In Peace and power beautiful Kelly Preston you were kind funny and a good mama my love and condolences to John and the kids.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) July 13, 2020
In a year of loss in a myriad of ways, for all of us, I am sorry to hear she passed and am praying for those who knew and loved her, especially daughter and husband. https://t.co/OQ4exmR1cV
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) July 13, 2020
Preston secured her first film role for the 1985 flick “Mischief”, before going on to star in the likes of “Twins”, “Jerry Maguire” and “Gotti”.
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