John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston has died of breast cancer aged 57.
The actor confirmed her death in an Instagram post overnight Sunday, writing: ‘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.’
Actress and former model Preston and Travolta had been married for 29 years and were both practicing Scientologists. They have two children, Ella, 20 and Benjamin, nine. A son, Jett, died in 2009 aged 16.
Daughter Ella paid tribute to her mom in a moving post, writing: ‘I love you so much mama.
Travolta added: ‘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.’
On their 28th wedding anniversary last year Kelly called Travolta ‘the most wonderful man I know’.
She added: ‘You have given me hope when I have felt lost, loved me patiently and unconditionally… made me laugh harder than any other human being possible… shared the most beautiful highs and at times low.
‘You’re a dream Daddio and make life so much fun!! I trust my love with you implicitly… with you I know I will always be okay no matter what happens… I love you forever and completely. Happy 28th Anniversary @johntravolta.’
The couple’s son Jett died in January 2009 during a family trip to the Bahamas when he hit his head on a bathtub after suffering a seizure at their home on Grand Bahama Island.