Kelly Preston, actress and wife of John Travolta, has died

Actress, Kelly Preston

Actress Kelly Preston died after losing her two-year battle with breast cancer. Her husband John Travolta, relayed the sad news in an Instagram post on Sunday (July 12). She was 57 years old.

Travolta said Kelly “fought a courageous battle”, and expressed his gratitude to the medical staff that attended to her.

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Kelly Preston and husband, John Travolta

“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.” he wrote.

In an exclusive with PEOPLE, a family representative said that Preston chose to keep her fight with breast cancer private. “She had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,” the representative told PEOPLE.

The actress had not been photographed publicly at a major event since June 2018 when she walked the red carpet with her husband for the premiere of his film “Gotti” in which he portrayed the late mobster, John Gotti and she played his wife, Victoria Gotti.