Hairspray actor John Travolta and his late wife, Kelly Preston, had some amazing times together during their 29-year marriage. However, as much love as they had for each other, they adored their children even more.
The happy duo tied the knot in September 1991 and had their first child, son Jett Travolta, in April 1992. Eight years later, the pair welcomed another baby, daughter Ella Travolta, in April 2000. Sadly, almost 10 years after that, Jett died from a seizure while vacationing with his parents in the Bahamas in 2009. “It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life,” John once told Us Weekly. “The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it.”
Things became a bit brighter for the Travolta family when John and Kelly welcomed son Benjamin Travolta in November 2010. Although the Pulp Fiction star credited his little one for helping everyone heal, tragedy soon struck the family again when Kelly died from breast cancer in July 2020.
“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,” John said on Instagram. “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.”
Ella also took to Instagram to pay tribute to her “courageous, strong, beautiful and loving” mom. “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,” she said.
“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,” Ella continued. “You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much, mama.”
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