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John Travolta pays tribute to wife Kelly Preston after the actress dies at 57

The actress Kelly Preston has died, her husband John Travolta announced on Sunday.

The 57-year-old – known for her roles in Jerry Maguire, Twins and Mischief – had been struggling with breast cancer for two years, though it was not widely publicized.

She and Travolta were married for 28 years.

“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 in an emotive Instagram post.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

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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The couple had three children together.

Travolta added: "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."

There has already been an outpouring of affection for Preston and Travolta, including from Mariah Carey, Selma Blair and Meghan Trainor.

“Shocked by this sad news,” the presenter Maria Shriver wrote on Twitter.

“Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief.”

Preston had a lengthy acting career in movies and television, starring opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film For the Love of the Game.

In 2003, she starred in What a Girl Wants and as the mom in the live-action adaptation of The Cat in the Hat.

The following year she appeared in the music video for Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved.

– With files from Canadian Press


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