Kelly Preston, John Travolta’s Wife and Star Of Jerry Maguire, Dies at 57

Kelly Preston died on July 12 following a two-year battle with breast cancer.

Kelly Preston, who appeared in movies including Jerry Maguire and Twins, has died of breast cancer. She was 57.

John Travolta, her husband of 29 years, confirmed her death on his Instagram account.

“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. 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, who was born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii, studied acting at the University of Southern California. She changed her name to Kelly Preston before landing her first major movie role in the 1985 rom-com Mischief.

Her other films include 1985's Secret Admirer, 1986’s SpaceCamp, 1988’s Twins, 1996’s Jerry Maguire, and 1999’s For the Love of the Game. Her final film role was in 2018’s Gotti, in which she played Victoria Gotti, the wife of Mafia boss John Gott, portrayed by Travolta.

Travolta and Preston met on the set of the 1987 action comedy The Experts. Travolta proposed to Preston on New Year’s Eve 1991 at the Palace Hotel restaurant in Gstaad, Switzerland, with a six-carat yellow-and-white-diamond ring. They got married on Sept 5, 1991.

Preston is survived by her husband Travolta and their children: daughter Ella, 20, and 9-year-old son Benjamin. Their eldest son Jett died at age 16 in January 2009. Her final Instagram post was a wefie with her family celebrating Father’s Day in June. “Happy Father’s Day to the best one I know, we love you,” she captioned the photo.

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