John Travolta pays tribute to late wife Kelly Preston's 'courageous fight' in heartbreaking post

John Travolta has paid tribute to his wife Kelly Preston, who has died at the age of 57.

The Jerry Maguire actress died following after a two-year battle with breast cancer, a representative for the family confirmed.

In a post to Instagram, Travolta said: “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.

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“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

Westwood, CA - January 27 John Travolta, Kelly Preston Attending Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" at Westwood Village Theatre On January 27, 2016. Credit: Faye Sadou/MediaPunch /IPX
John Travolta and Kelly Preston (Faye Sadou/MediaPunch/IPX)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Kelly Preston, Benjamin Travolta, John Travolta and Ella Travolta attend the screening of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
Kelly Preston, Benjamin Travolta, John Travolta and Ella Travolta. (Gisela Schober/Getty Images)

He went on: “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.”

The post has received hundreds of thousands of response from fans.

The couple, who met on the set of the movie The Experts in 1987, had celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary just last year.

They had three children, 20-year-old Ella, nine-year-old Benjamin, and Jett, who was 16 when he died in 2009.