Actress Kelly Preston, the woman married to John Travolta has recently died aged 57 after a difficult two-year battle with breast cancer.
A family representative recently told PEOPLE exclusively that “on the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife, and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer.”
The family representative further said, “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.”
Kelly’s husband John Travolta paid tribute to his wife on Instagram on Monday afternoon with a heart-rending post.
He said on his Instagram post, “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.”
According to People, Preston was originally born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith on October 13, 1962, in Hawaii. She kickstarted her acting career in 1985 with her first major movie role in Mischief after appearing in several minor roles in television shows, including For Love and Honor. She eventually went on to star in films such as SpaceCamp (1986), Twins (1988), Jerry Maguire (1996), and For Love of the Game (1999). Her final role was in the 2018 film Gotti in which she played the role of Victoria Gotti, the wife of Mafia boss John Gotti, who was portrayed by Travolta in the movie.
Our thoughts are with John Travolta and his family during this difficult time.
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