Kelly Preston Dies of Breast Cancer at 57

August 12, 2020

Kelly Preston has died. She was 57.

“On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, beloved wife and mother, passed away after a two-year battle with breast cancer.” A family representative exclusively told PEOPLE.

“Choosing to keep her battle a secret, she had been undergoing treatment for some time with the support of her closest family and friends,” the family representative said.” She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks that you understand their need for privacy at this time.”

Preston is survived by her husband, John Travolta, and their children: daughter Ella, 20, and son Benjamin, 9. Son Jett died in January 2009 at the age of 16.

Preston, born October 13, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii, studied acting at the University of Southern California and launched her career in 1985 with her first major film role in Prank, after several small roles on television shows such as Fighting for Love and Honor.

Over the next few years, Preston starred in such films as SpaceCamp (1986), Twins (1988), Jerry Maguire (1996), and Fighting for Love (1999). Preston’s last film role was in the 2018 film Gotti, in which she played Victoria Gotti, the wife of Mafia boss John Gotti, who Travolta portrayed on screen.

In addition to her career, Preston also cherished her decades-long love affair with her husband, Travolta.

On New Year’s Eve 1991, Travolta proposed in the restaurant of the Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland, with a six-carat yellow and white diamond ring, and when they married on September 5, 1991, Preston was two months pregnant with their son, Jett. (The couple later tied the knot a second time in Daytona Beach, Fla.).

Last September, Travolta and Preston celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary.” Happy anniversary to my wonderful wife ?? @therealkellypreston,” the Grease actor wrote on Instagram at the time.

Preston wrote a heartfelt letter to her husband, sharing, “.” To my dearest Johnny, the most wonderful man I know. When I felt lost, you gave me hope, patiently and unconditionally loved me…. Made me laugh harder than anyone else…. Shared the most beautiful highs and sometimes the lows. You are the Daddio of dreams and make life so much fun!!!. I implicitly believe in my love with you…. With you, I know that no matter what happens, I will always be okay…. I will always love you completely. happy 28th anniversary @johntravolta”.

In 2018, Preston told PEOPLE about one of the couple’s last romantic moments.” I think it was when Johnny just whisked us away and we would hop on a plane and go out to dinner and I didn’t know where we were going. It’s great to be married to a pilot!” She said.

And the mother of three loves her children.” I’ve wanted kids since I was 9 years old,” Preston told InStyle in 2001.

Their son Jett was born in April 1992 and daughter Ella was born in April 2000. After Jett’s tragic death, son Ben was born in November 2010 after Preston and Travolta tried to conceive for three years.

Preston’s last post on Instagram was a family selfie celebrating Father’s Day in June.” Happy Father’s Day to the best father I know, we love you.” She wrote on the photo, which featured their son Ben and daughter Ella.Additionally, Preston posted a black-and-white portrait of Travolta and Jett.