Kelly Preston, the actress known for films like “Jerry Maguire” and the wife of John Travolta, died Sunday following a two-year battle with breast cancer, her husband announced.
Preston was 57.
“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,” Travolta wrote early Monday in an Instagram post, thanking staff at a Houston-based medical center.
“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,” the actor continued. “Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered.”
Preston and Travolta married in 1991 and had three kids.
“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,” Travolta, 66, wrote. “But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”
Preston appeared in dozens of films over the course of a lengthy acting career that began in the early 1980s.
She played Marnie Mason in the 1988 comedy “Twins” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, before portraying Avery Bishop in the 1996 classic “Jerry Macguire,” in which she starred alongside Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renee Zellweger.
In 1999, Preston starred with Kevin Costner in the sports drama “For the Love of the Game.” She and Travolta then did “Battlefield Earth” together in 2000.
Other notable films for Preston include 2003’s “What a Girl Wants” and the 2009 comedy “Old Dogs,” which also starred her husband.
Her death was mourned by others within the entertainment industry, including Maria Shriver, the wife of Schwarzenegger.
“Shocked by this sad news,” Shriver tweeted. “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. Join me in sending them love and strength.”
Russell Crowe recalled meeting Preston in “late ‘92 I think.”
“Such a lovely person,” Crowe tweeted. “In 1995 we auditioned together for Breaking Up, Salma Hayek got that gig. I havent seen her much, but when I did, she was always the same sparkly eyed gem. Love to her family.”
Preston and Travolta, who met in 1988 while making “The Experts,” welcomed their first son, Jett, in 1992. Jett died in 2009 at age 16 after suffering a seizure.
Their second child, Ella Bleu, was born in 2000, and their youngest, son Benjamin, was born in 2010.
“I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you,” Ella, 20, wrote Sunday in an Instagram tribute to her mother. “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,” she continued. “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.”
Preston most recently appeared in the 2018 crime drama “Gotti,” playing Victoria, the wife of John Gotti, who was portrayed by Travolta.
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