A 57-year-old American actor Kelly Preston died Sunday after a long fight with deadly cancer, her family reported.
“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,” Preston’s better half, on-screen character John Travolta, composed on Instagram. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”
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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
A family’s spokesperson told the People that Preston had been experiencing treatment for quite a while yet decided to keep her disease hidden. “She was a splendid, lovely and adoring soul who thought profoundly about others and who carried life to all that she contacted. Her family requests your comprehension of their requirement for privacy right now,” the rep told the magazine.
Preston came into the world on Oct. 13, 1962, in Honolulu. She acted in different TV shows yet rose to popularity after her job in the 1988 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito parody, Twins. She met her future spouse in the blink of an eye a short time later on the shoot of the coming-of-age comedy The Experts. The two got hitched in 1991.
She proceeded to act in films, some of the hit films are inclusive of Jerry Maguire and Jack Frost, and showed up in the Travolta science fiction film Battlefield Earth. Preston also acted with her spouse in the 2018 biopic Gotti, playing the late mobster’s better half, Victoria.
She changed her name to Kelly Preston from Kelly Kamalelehua before handling her first film role in the 1985 rom-com “Mischief,” Reuters detailed. Throughout the following three decades, Preston showed up in many movies and TV programs, remarkably “Twins” and “For Love of the Game.” She met Travolta in 1987 and they wedded in Paris after four years of dating each other and.
The couple had three children together. Their child, Jett, died in 2009 when he was 16 years old.
Preston and Travolta featured on screen in “Battlefield Earth” (2000). Most recently, the couple played husband and spouse John and Victoria Gotti in “Gotti,” the 2018 film about the horde boss.
Tributes to the actor started pouring in late Sunday:
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
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
Jerry Maguire would not have been the movie it was without Kelly Preston making that small role have major impact, and I love her so much in What a Girl Wants. She’s gone far too soon. pic.twitter.com/9SvwM0Hblj
— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) July 13, 2020
I was lucky enough to work with her on one of my very first films, “For Love of The Game.” We were shooting on cold days in Colorado, but she couldn’t have been warmer or kinder to a young, nervous actor trying to make good. I’ll never forget that. Thank you Kelly. #RestInPeace🙏🏼 https://t.co/szGCXxAxyI
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) 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
RIP to my on screen mom, #kellypreston. What a lovely woman. Such a sad loss.
— Spencer Breslin (@Spencerbreslin) July 13, 2020
Travolta said his family would need privacy in the coming months, however that he would “feel your overflowing of affection” during that time.
“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,” he said. “But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”
Preston is survived by her spouse and two youngsters,20-year-old Ella, and 9-year-old Benjamin.
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I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you. 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.❤️