Death of Kelly Preston, After Two-Year Battle with Cancer

4 min readJul 13, 2020

Death of Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, reported on Sunday by her husband.

John Travolta took Instagram to say his wife of 28 years passed away after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

Kelly Preston was the dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging playing alongside Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins”.

“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,” John wrote.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”
“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” he continued.

Travolta and Preston had one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting unions, celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary last year.

The couple had 3 children, sons Jett and Benjamin, and daughter Ella. Their son, Jett, died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 16 suffering a seizure during a family trip to the Bahamas.

Death of Kelly Preston; Cause of death

The news of her breast cancer battle came as a surprise to many. Her spokesperson confirmed in a statement that she had chosen to keep her breast cancer diagnosis private.

“Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,”

“She was a bright, beautiful, and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.” the spokesperson continued.

Her husband also added on the Instagram post for death of Kelly Preston:

“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.”

“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.”

Where did the couple meet first?

Preston and Travolta were married at a midnight ceremony in Paris in 1991 while the couple was expecting their first son, Jett.

Preston had a long performing 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 next year she emerged in the music video for Maroon 5′s “She Will Be Loved.”

She also occasionally performed in films with her husband, as they did in the box-office bomb “Battlefield Earth” in 2000.

Breast Cancer

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow without their normal control, affected 2 million new victims in 2018.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation announced that 1 in 8 women develop a form of breast cancer in their lifetime, and in 2020, an estimated 41,760 women will die from it in the United States alone.

Kelly’s early and personal life

Kelly Kamalelehua Smith was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother, Linda, was an executive of a mental health center.

Her middle name “Kamalelehua” means ‘garden of lehuas’ in Hawaiian — a lehua being a popular Hawaiian flower.

Her father, who worked for an agricultural firm, died when Preston was three years old. He drowned.

Her mother consequently married Peter Palzis, a staff manager. He adopted Preston, and she used his name in her playing career. She also had a younger half-brother, Chris Palzis.

The acting range:

  • She acted in movies from 1983 to 2018. And also starring in Television from 1980 to 2016.
  • She emerged in a music video in 2004.
  • In the years 2001, 2004, 2010, and 2019, she won the Golden Raspberry Award.

As a child, Preston lived in Iraq, and also Australia, where she attended Pembroke School in Adelaide. She then attended Punahou School in Honolulu and studied drama and theater at the University of Southern California.

Her final film performance was as mobster’s wife Victoria Gotti alongside Travolta as John Gotti in “Gotti.”

The actress and also a philanthropist is survived by her husband and two children.

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