Actress Kelly Preston Dies at 57 After Battling Breast Cancer in Private for Two Years

Mehera Bonner
Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

  • Kelly Preston has died at the age of 57 after battling breast cancer for two years.

  • The actress was married to John Travolta, who—along with the couple's daughter Ella—shared a touching tribute to Kelly on Instagram.

Some really sad news this morning: actress Kelly Preston passed away on Sunday, July 12, at the age of 57 after battling breast cancer for two years. John Travolta confirmed the news on Instagram, writing a lengthy post in his late wife's honor.

"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 actor 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."

Kelly's daughter Ella, 20, also paid tribute to her mom, 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. 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.❤️"

"Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends," a rep for the family told People. "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."

Sending lots of love to the family during this difficult time.

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