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John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston dies of breast cancer

John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston has died following a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 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 July 12, 2020. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)
 In an Instagram post on Sunday (Monday in Manila), the Hollywood actor confirmed the sad news about his wife "with a heavy heart."

"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," Travolta wrote in his tribute to his wife, who appeared with him in the films Gotti (2018) and Battlefield Earth (2000). 

Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith on Oct. 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Preston studied acting at the University of Southern California before landing bit parts in such 1980s series as Hawaii Five-O, Quincy M.E. and CHiPs

She went on to become a regular in the TV series For Love and Honor, which lasted only one season, before landing her breakout role in the 1985 film Mischief.

Her last listed work is the upcoming film Off the Rails, a comedy that also features Judi Dench and Franco Nero.

Preston and Travolta, who celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last year, have three children together: daughter Ella, 20; son Benjamin, 9; and son Jett, who died in 2009 at age 16.

 

 

 

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