John Travolta and daughter share heartfelt tributes to Kelly Preston on first Mother's Day since her death

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14:  Actors Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the
John Travolta shared memories of his late wife Kelly Preston. (Jim Spellman/WireImage) (Jim Spellman via Getty Images)

John Travolta and his daughter have shared emotional tributes to Kelly Preston to mark the first Mother's Day since her death.

Families in the US celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday, and the Travoltas looked back on their memories of Preston, who died in July 2020.

Pulp Fiction star John, who was married to Preston for nearly 20 years, shared photos of them as a couple with their daughter Ella, 21, and son Benjamin, 10, and another photo with their son Jett, who passed away in 2009.

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He wrote: "Dearest Kelly, you brought into my life three of the most wonderful children I have ever known. Thank you. We love and miss you. Happy Mother’s Day."

Ella also shared a special childhood picture of herself with her mother and wrote: "Mama, thank you for all you have done for us and for this world.

"I miss you and love you very much, but your smile, warmth and love is ever lasting. Wishing all of the moms a happy Mother’s Day."

Preston died aged 57 after struggling with breast cancer.

John, 67, wrote at the time: "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.

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

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 15: John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Blue Travolta (R) and son Benjamin Travolta during the party in Honour of John Travolta's receipt of the Inaugural Variety Cinema Icon Award during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 15, 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
John Travolta and Kelly Preston with children Ella and Benjamin. (Gisela Schober/Getty Images) (Gisela Schober via Getty Images)

"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.

UNITED STATES - Actor John Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston.  (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Actor John Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston. (The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) (Time & Life Pictures via Getty Images)

"But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal. All my love, JT."

The couple met on the set of the film The Experts in 1987 and married in 1991.

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They tragically lost eldest son Jett, 16, on a family Christmas holiday in the Bahamas in 2009 when he hit his his head on a bathtub during a seizure.

John recently paid tribute to Jett on what would have been his 29th birthday, sharing a photo of him smiling at his son.

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