Actress Kelly Preston has died after an extended battle with breast cancer. She was 57 years old.
Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii, the actress appeared in a string of TV shows before making her big-screen debut in 10 to Midnight, a thriller starring Charles Bronson as a detective in pursuit of a serial killer murdering young women in Los Angeles.
Later that same year, she would also appear in John Carpenter’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Christine, and before long, her career was up and running at high speed. She would step into genre roles repeatedly throughout her career including appearances in season two of Tales from the Crypt and later, in From Dust Till Dawn.
Preston married actor John Travolta in 1991, and the couple had three children together, Ella, Jet, and Benjamin. Sadly, their son Jet also died at the age of 16.
Travolta made the following statement on Instagram:
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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
iHorror sends our condolences to the family and friends of Kelly Preston.