John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston dies aged 57

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Actress 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.

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

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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.

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John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston. 14 January 2012, Hollywood, California. 9th Annual G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa USA.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston arriving at the European Premiere of Be Cool, The Empire, Leicester Square, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
John Travolta, Katie Holmes and Kelly Preston. 24 February 2007 - Beverly Hills, California. Giorgio Armani Celebrates The Oscars with Exclusive Prive Show held at the Green Acres Estates. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press (') Copyright 2007 by Giulio Marcocchi./giorgio_gm.436/0702251333
John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston. 22 October 2007 - Beverly Hills, California. Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press. (') Copyright 2007 by Giulio Marcocchi./hollywood_gm.025/0710231508
15 November 2007 - Santa Barbara, CA - John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival presents the Kirk Douglas Award to John Travolta, in recognition of his contribution to the world of film. The black-tie fundraiser was held at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara, California. Photo Credit: Rod Rolle/Sipa Press/0711161458
Kelly Preston and John Travolta. 9 November 2009, Hollywood, CA. "Old Dogs" Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press./Old_gm.019/0911100734
Kelly Preston, Ella Bleu Travolta and John Travolta. 9 November 2009, Hollywood, CA. "Old Dogs" Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press./Old_gm.011/0911100729
John Travolta Kelly Preston and Barry Gibb. 2011 G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala held at the Hollywood Palladium. 22 January 2011, Hollywood, CA. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press./GdayGala_gm.035/1101231249
John Travolta and Kelly Preston. 25 June, 2012, Westwood, California. 'Savages' Los Angeles Premiere held at Mann Village Theatre. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa USA.
25 February 2013 - West Hollywood, CA - John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Party held at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 24th, 2013 in West Hollywood, CA. Photo Credit: Flanigan/Elevation/Sipa USA
02 March 2014 - West Hollywood, California - Kelly Preston, John Travolta. 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 86th Academy Awards held at Sunset Plaza. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia/Sipa USA
02 March 2014 - West Hollywood, California - Kelly Preston, John Travolta. 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 86th Academy Awards held at Sunset Plaza. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia/Sipa USA
John Travolta and Kelly Preston attending the amfAR Gala, Hotel Du Cap, Antibes, part of the 67th Festival de Cannes.
22 February 2015 - Hollywood, California - Kelly Preston, John Travolta. 87th Annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held at the Dolby Theatre. Photo Credit: AdMedia/Sipa USA
(L-R) Actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend the FX Networks Upfront screening of 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' at AMC Empire 25 Theater in New York, NY, on March 30, 2016 (Photo by Anthony Behar) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend the 2016 Fox Broadcasting, FX, National Geographic, and Twentieth Century Fox Television Emmy Celebration at Vibiana on Sunday, September 18, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.
Jan 8, 2017; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; John Travolta and Kelly Preston arrive at the International Ballroom during the 74th Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY NETWORK *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
John Travolta, Kelly Preston at the 74th Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on January 8, 2017. Photo by Sthanlee Mirador *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
FOX GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS PARTY 2017: L-R: Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group, Kelly Preston, John Travolta and Donald Glover with his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Televison Series - Musical or Comedy at the 2017 FOX GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS PARTY at the Fox Pavilion sponsored by American Airlines on Sunday, Jan 8, 2017. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX/PictureGroup *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
MIAMI, FL-JUNE 8: John Tavolta and Kelly Preston are seen during Despierta America morning show to talk about the up coming movie 'Gotti' on June 8, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alberto E. Tamargo/Sipa USA)
(L-R) Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the "GOTTI" New York Premiere at the SVA Theatre in New York, NY, on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
John Travolta and Kelly Preston during the Gotti photocall held during the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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"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."

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.

Preston's first major film role was in 1985's teen comedy Mischief. She later went on to star alongside her actor husband in Battlefield Earth and 2018's Gotti.

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."

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.

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