Actor Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, dies aged 57

The 57-year-old, who married John Travlota in 1991, appeared in Jerry Maguire and Twins

A file photograph of  Kelly Preston and John Travolta together during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in  May 2018.  Preston died on Sunday after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

A file photograph of Kelly Preston and John Travolta together during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. Preston died on Sunday after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

 

Actor Kelly Preston, the wife of John Travolta, has died aged 57.

Preston, who starred in films such as Mischief, Twins and Jerry Maguire, lost her two-year battle with breast cancer, Travolta said in an Instagram post.

Alongside a photograph of her, he wrote: “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 Centre, all the medical centres 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.”

Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu in Hawaii, she changed her name to Kelly Preston before securing her first film role in the 1985 romcom Mischief, then appeared in another teen comedy, Secret Admirer. Travolta, star of the hit dance movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease, met Preston in 1988 when they appeared together in a film called The Experts. They married on September 5th, 1991, in Paris.

The couple had been married for nearly 30 years and have a daughter, Ella, and son, Benjamin. Their son, Jett, died at the age of just 16 after suffering a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas in 2009.

Ella paid tribute to her mother saying she had never “met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you”.

She wrote on Instagram: “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 Preston arrives for the screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, in May 2018. Photograph: Franco Robichon/EPA
Kelly Preston arrives for the screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, in May 2018. Photograph: Franco Robichon/EPA

In September 2019, Preston described Travolta as “the most wonderful man I know” in an Instagram post celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary.

She wrote: “To my dearest Johnny, the most wonderful man I know. You have given me hope when I have felt lost, loved me patiently and unconditionally... made me laugh harder than any other human being possible... shared the most beautiful highs and at times lows. You’re a dream Daddio and make life so much fun!! I trust my love with you implicitly... with you I know I will always be okay no matter what happens... I love you forever and completely. Happy 28th Anniversary johntravolta”.

Her last Instagram post was to celebrate Father’s Day in June this year.– PA and Reuters