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Actress Kelly Preston dies at 57 after battling secret breast cancer


Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta has died at the age of 57 after a battle with breast cancer.

The husband, actor announced the demise of his wife on Instagram with caption: "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."


A family spokesperson told the PEOPLE that she died on Sunday morning and said she actress Chooses to keep her cancer fight private.

The spokesperson added: "she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends".

Daughter Ella paid tribute to her mom on Instagram, writing: "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.

She continued: "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".

Preston appeared alongside Arnord Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise in hit films Twins and Jerry Maguire.

On Monday morning Grease super star John took to Instagram to share his heart break and to thank the medical staff who helped Kelly during her illness.


The Hairspray actor 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.

Under the offering John's celebrity pals send him kind messages.

Sarah Paulson typed: "love you so" alongside a number of broken heart emojis.

Pop singer Meghan Trainor posted a praying hands emoji and three hearts.

"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."

Preston was born in Honolulu, Hawaii before going onto to study at the University of Southern California.
Kelly and John met while making the 1987 film The Experts and while Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage; they divorced that year after two years of marriage.

Preston then got engaged to Travolta in 1991 in Gstaad, Switzerland. The pair married in September of that year.

She is survived by her husband John and their children daughter Ella, 20, and son Benjamin, nine.

Their Son Jett born on 13 April 1992 passed away in January, 2009.


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