John Travolta Shares Tribute to Late Wife Kelly Preston

John Travolta & Kelly Preston

Getty Kelly Preston (L) and John Travolta of "Gotti" attend the red carpet screening of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France.

Kelly Preston, the wife of actor John Travolta, has died after battling breast cancer for two years. In a statement to People, a family representative confirmed Preston’s death. They told the outlet: “On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer.”

Preston, whose real name was Kelly Kamalelehua Smith, was born on October 13, 1962, in Hawaii. She worked as an actress, and was known for such roles as Chirk in Battlefield Earth, Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire and Libby Reynolds in What a Girl Wants. She died at 57 years old.

Preston and Travolta were married since 1991, and she is survived by her husband and their two children, 9-year-old Benjamin and 20-year-old Ella. The two had another son, Jett, who died in 2009 at 16 years old. To read more about Preston and Travolta’s children, click here.


On Sunday Night, Travolta Shared a Tribute to His Late Wife

After the news of Preston’s death broke late Sunday night, Travolta took to Instagram to share a tribute to his late wife. Travolta 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 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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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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Preston & Travolta’s Daughter Ellie Also Shared a Tribute on Instagram

On Sunday night, daughter Ellie posted a tribute for her mother on Instagram. She spoke of Preston’s “glow” and how her mother was always there for her. Ellie wrote:

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.

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