John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston died of breast cancer at the age of 57.
The actor confirmed his death in an Instagram post on Sunday night, writing, “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly lost her two-year battle against breast cancer. She fought a brave fight with the love and support of so many.
Actress and former model Preston and Travolta had been married for 29 years and both practiced Scientologists. They have two children, Ella, 20, and Benjamin, nine. One son, Jett, died in 2009 at the age of 16.
Daughter Ella paid her mother tirelessly in a mobile post, writing, “I love you so much mom.
Travolta added: ‘We will always remember Kelly’s love and life.
“I’m going to take the time to be there for my children who lost their mothers, so forgive me in advance if you haven’t heard from us for a while.”
“But know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months to come as we heal.
Kelly Preston died at the age of 57. She is pictured with her husband John Travolta in 2018
The actor confirmed his death in an Instagram post on Sunday night
A family spokesperson told People: “On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, wife and beloved mother, died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
“By choosing to keep her fight private, she had been on medical treatment for some time, supported by her family and closest friends.
“She was a brilliant, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply for others and gave life to everything she touched. His family is asking you to understand their need for privacy right now.
Daughter Ella shared this tribute to her mom Sunday evening
Her last post on Instagram was to celebrate Father’s Day in June. The photo would have been taken the previous year
Actress and former model Preston and Travolta are pictured with their two children
Saturday Night Fever actor John posted this photo of the couple in February
Daughter Ella wrote, “I have never met someone as brave, strong, beautiful and loving as you.
“Anyone lucky enough to know you or to have been in your presence before will agree that you have a light and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes those around you instantly feel happy.” Thank you for being there for me no matter what.
‘Thanks 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 forever. I love you so much mom.
Preston was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, before continuing his studies at the University of Southern California.
Kelly and John met while filming the 1987 film The Experts and while Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage; they divorced this year after only two years of marriage.
Preston then got engaged to Travolta in 1991 in Gstaad, Switzerland. The couple married in September of the same year.
Her last post on Instagram was to celebrate Father’s Day in June.
Preston got engaged to Travolta in 1991 in Switzerland. The couple got married in September
John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston at the opening of the Church of Scientology Museum in Los Angeles in 1991
John Travolta, his wife Kelly Preston and their children Jett and Ella in an undated image
Last year, on their 28th wedding anniversary, Kelly called Travolta “the most wonderful man I know.”
She added: “You gave me hope when I felt lost, loving me patiently and unconditionally … made me laugh louder than any other human being possible … shared the most beautiful and sometimes the lowest.
‘You are a Daddio dream and make life so much fun !! I trust my love with you implicitly … with you, I know that I will always agree whatever happens … I love you forever and completely. Happy 28th birthday @johntravolta. ”
The couple’s son Jett died in January 2009 during a family trip to the Bahamas when he hit his head on a bathtub after suffering a seizure in their home on the island of Grand Bahama.
Actress Kelly Preston attends the 74th Golden Globe Awards 2017