Kelly Preston’s heartbreaking last photo on Instagram

In news that’s sure to break Hollywood’s heart, Kelly Preston has died at age 57. As People reported, the actress — whose roles ranged from Jerry Maguire to Mischief — passed away on July 12, 2020 after battling breast cancer for two years. Although she hadn’t gone public with her diagnosis, a family representative explained in a statement that this was intentional.

“Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friend,” the rep told People. “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.”

Preston’s famous husband, John Travolta, also honored her with a post on Instagram, which he said he typed “with a very heavy heart.” The Grease star wrote in part, “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.”

In a dose of bittersweet news, Preston’s last post on social media was actually a tribute to Travolta for Father’s Day. Keep reading to see what she wrote, as well as the heartwarming family photo she shared.

Kelly Preston and John Travolta's love for one another couldn't be more clear

On Father’s Day 2020, just three weeks prior to her death, Kelly Preston shared a short-but-sweet message to her husband, John Travolta. Along with a family selfie featuring their children Benjamin and Ella, Preston wrote on Instagram, “Happy Father’s Day to the best one I know, we love you.” Travolta commented on the post, “I love you all so much.”

Making the post all the more sentimental, the second slide of the photo gallery was a picture of Travolta with their late son, Jett. Jett died at age 16 back in 2009, according to Us Weekly. He reportedly suffered a seizure and hit his head on the bathtub while the family was vacationing.

While Preston’s own death is just as tragic, it’s clear this family shared a close bond. Preston not only gushed about Travolta on Instagram. In a 2018 interview with Good Morning America, she shared their “secret” to a successful marriage, “I think it’s communication. Keeping it fresh… Checking in with each other and evolving. You change, so you want to change together. And keep it fun, it doesn’t just happen on its own, you’ve got to work at it.”

Likewise, Travolta told Closer Weekly in 2017, “We really care deeply about each other and we protect each other — and we keep [our relationship] up to date.” The couple was nearing 30 years of marriage and it’s clear Preston will be very missed.

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