John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston has died of breast cancer aged 57, the actor announced 'with a very heavy heart' last night.
Preston died on Sunday morning having 'fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many', Travolta said, while their 20-year-old daughter Ella said she had 'never met anyone as courageous'.
The couple also had a nine-year-old son, Benjamin, and a son Jett who died aged 16 after a seizure at a Bahamas holiday home in 2009. The tragedy was followed by a legal row with an ambulance driver accused of trying to extort the couple by threatening to reveal sensitive details about the death.
Actress and former model Preston and Travolta had been married for 29 years and were both practicing Scientologists.
The actor confirmed his wife's death in an Instagram post overnight Sunday, writing: '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.'
Daughter Ella paid tribute to her mom in a moving post, writing: 'I love you so much mama.'
A spokesman for the family told People: 'On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer.
'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.'
Daughter Ella wrote: 'I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you.
'Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy. Thank you for being there for me no matter what.
'Thank you for your love. Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much mama.'
Maria Shriver was among those to pay a heartfelt tribute last night, saying she was 'shocked by this sad news'.
'Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife,' Shriver said. 'My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief. Join me in sending them love and strength.'
Actress Chloe Bennett said: 'Kelly Preston was enormously kind and unbelievably lovely. Can't believe this.'
She added: 'My thoughts are with her sweet Ella and the rest of her incredible family. RIP.'
Actor Josh Gad also paid tribute, saying: '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.'
Jerry Maguire star Preston was born in Honolulu, Hawaii before going onto to study at the University of Southern California.
Kelly and John met while making the 1987 film The Experts and while Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage; they divorced that year after two years of marriage.
Preston then got engaged to Travolta in 1991 in Gstaad, Switzerland. Preston and Travolta were married at a midnight ceremony in Paris later that year while the couple were expecting their first son, Jett.
Preston had her own lengthy acting career in movies and television, at times appearing in films with her husband, as they did in Battlefield Earth in 2000.
They last starred together in the 2018 film Gotti, with Travolta playing John Gotti and Preston playing the crime boss's wife, Victoria.
Separately, Preston starred opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film For the Love of the Game, and in 2004 appeared in the music video for Maroon 5's She Will Be Loved.
She also had frequent guest-starring roles on TV series such as Medium, CSI: Cyber and Joey.