Actress Kelly Preston dies aged 57 from breast cancer

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2018 US actor John Travolta (L) and his wife US actress Kelly Preston pose during a photocall for the film “Gotti” at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Kelly Preston, US actress and wife of US actor John Travolta, died after a battle with breast cancer at the age of 57, US media reported on July 12, 2020.
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LOS ANGELES (AFP) — American actress Kelly Preston, who featured in hit films “Jerry Maguire” and “Twins”, has died from breast cancer, her husband John Travolta said Sunday.

She was 57 years old.

“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,” Hollywood star Travolta said on Instagram.

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

A family representative told People Preston died Sunday morning.

“Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,” People quoted the representative as saying.

Born October 13, 1962, in Hawaii, Preston studied drama and theater at the University of Southern California.

She shot to fame for her role in the 1988 hit comedy “Twins”, also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, and appeared in dozens of films and TV shows over a decades-long career.

She played the ex-fiancee of the titular character in hit 1996 blockbuster romantic comedy “Jerry Maguire”, which also featured Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.

Travolta and Preston married in 1991, and had three children together. Their eldest son died in 2009 aged 16.