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Actor Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, dies at 57

Preston is survived by her husband and their children - daughter Ella, 20, and 9-year-old son Benjamin.

In this file photo taken on 15 May 2018 US actor John Travolta (L) and his wife US actress Kelly Preston pose during a photocall for the film "Gotti" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Kelly Preston, US actress and wife of US actor John Travolta, died after a battle with breast cancer at the age of 57, US media reported on 12 July 2020. Picture: AFP

BENGALURU - American actor Kelly Preston who has appeared in films including Jerry Maguire and Twins, has died aged 57 after battling breast cancer for nearly two years, her husband, John Travolta, announced in an Instagram post late on Sunday.

“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,” the 66-year-old Grease actor said in his post.

Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, she changed her name to Kelly Preston before securing her first film role in the 1985 romcom Mischief, then appeared in another teen comedy, Secret Admirer.

Travolta, star of the hit dance movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease, met Preston in 1988 when they appeared together in a film called The Experts. They married on 5 September, 1991, in Paris.

Preston is survived by her husband and their children - daughter Ella, 20, and 9-year-old son Benjamin. Their son Jett died at age 16 in January 2009 during a family vacation in the Bahamas.

“I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you,” her daughter, Ella Travolta, wrote in a tribute posted on Instagram.

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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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