Actress Kelly Preston has lost her 2 year battle with breast cancer having passed away at the age of 57.
Having starred in films such as ‘Mischief,’ ‘Twins’ and ‘Jerry Mcguire’, Preston was married to John Travolta – a marriage which lasted 29 years.
Travolta took to his Instagram to confirm the news of Preston’s passing.
“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,” Travolta wrote. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. …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. All my love, JT.”
A family representative tells People Magazine: “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends. She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”
Before landing her first film role in ‘Mischief’ Preston changed her name from Kelly Kamalelehua Smith. She went on to star in ‘Twins’ opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, leading onto her role as Avery Bishop opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Jerry Mcguire’.
She also starred in films such as ‘Holy Man’ with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum, ‘Nothing to Los’” with Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence and ‘Jack Frost.’
For her final film role, Preston starred opposite her husband in ‘Gotti’ as the mobster’s wife Victoria Gotti.
The actress and philanthropist leaves behind her husband and two children. Her son Jett died in 2009.