The showbiz world is in shock at the death of “Jerry Maguire,” “Mischief” and “Twins” actor Kelly Preston, who died on Sunday at 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. As well as paying tribute to Preston, many in Hollywood shared their condolences with her husband John Travolta, and children Ella and Ben.
Travolta, her husband of 29 years, confirmed her death on his Instagram account.
“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,” Travolta wrote. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. …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. All my love, JT.”
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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. 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. 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. All my love, JT
Actor Russell Crowe, a longtime friend of Preston’s, wrote, “Can’t remember where, but, met first in late ‘92 I think. Such a lovely person. 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.”
Actor Josh Gad expressed his sympathies, writing, “I’m in absolute shock. What a beautiful and amazing actress and person. So sad to hear of her passing at such a young age. My heart goes out to John Travolta and the entire family. What a loss.”
“I was lucky enough to work with her on one of my very first films, “For Love of the Game.” We were shooting on cold days in Colorado, but she couldn’t have been warmer or kinder to a young, nervous actor trying to make good. I’ll never forget that. Thank you Kelly,” tweeted actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim.”
Producer, actor and author Maria Shriver said, “Shocked by this sad news. 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.”
“#RIP Kelly Preston. Prayers go out to John, her family and friends,” tweeted actor Adina Porter.
Spencer Breslin, who played Preston’s son in “The Cat in the Hat,” tweeted: “RIP to my on screen mom, #kellypreston. What a lovely woman. Such a sad loss.”
“Kelly Preston was enormously kind and unbelievably lovely. Can’t believe this. My thoughts are with her sweet Ella and the rest of her incredible family,” tweeted actor Chloe Bennett “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“I knew #KellyPreston in high school. She was supernaturally beautiful and kind. Last time we spoke we discussed my directing a remake of ’52-Pick Up’ in which she’d play the Ann-Margret role. It would’ve been special for us
@PunahouSchool alums. All my heart to John, Ella, and Ben,” tweeted filmmaker Rod Lurie (“The Outpost”).