John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston dies aged 57

John Travolta says his wife Kelly Preston has died from breast cancer.

The actor wrote on 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.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

The actress, 57, had chosen to keep her diagnosis private.

The couple pictured in 1993
Image:The couple were married for 28 years (pictured here in 1993 and 1995)

A family representative told US publication People that she died on Sunday morning and “had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends”.

Preston appeared alongside Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger in hit films Jerry Maguire and Twins.

She also starred several times with her husband, most recently in mob flick Gotti in 2018.

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The couple were married for 28 years (pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018)
Image:Preston and Travolta at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018

The couple were married for 28 years and have two children, a 20-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son.

Their first child Jett died in 2009, aged 16, after suffering a seizure on holiday in The Bahamas.

Preston’s last post on Instagram was in June, when she shared a picture of her family alongside the caption: “Happy Father’s Day to the best one I know, we love you.”

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Happy Father’s Day to the best one I know, we love you 😘��

A post shared by Kelly Preston (@therealkellypreston) on Jun 21, 2020 at 8:42pm PDT

Travolta said he would be “taking some time to be there for my children”, adding: “Please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal”.

Among the first to pay tribute was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ex-wife, Maria Shriver, who tweeted: “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.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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