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The Saturday Night Live actor lost his wife Kelly Preston in 2020

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John Travolta paid tribute to someone special on Wednesday and referred to his late wife, Kelly Preston, in the emotional message. 

The Pulp Fiction star remembered English West End theater producer and movie producer, Bill Kenwright - who was also the chairman of Everton FC - with a poignant post on his Instagram stories. 

Alongside a photo of the man behind the likes of Blood Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita, John wrote about both Bill and Kelly, when he penned: "In fond memory of producer Bill Kenwright. Dear Bill, we will miss you and can't thank you enough for your kindness to Kelly and myself. We'll see you down the road, Love, JT."

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Bill was 78 when he died and had been the chairman of the English soccer club for two decades. A statement from the Premiere League Club on X read: "Everton Football Club is in mourning following the death of Chairman Bill Kenwright CBE, who passed away peacefully last night aged 78, surrounded by his family and loved ones."

His family - including his partner, actress Jenny Seagrove, and his daughter, Lucy Kenwright - also released a statement detailing his passion for his career and his loved ones.

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John paid tribute to Bill Kenwright

 They said they were "devastated to share the sad news of the loss of a beloved partner, father, grandfather and friend: Bill Kenwright CBE."

They continued: "Following a long battle with illness Bill passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

John Travolta lost his beloved wife Kelly Preston to cancer in 2020© ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT
John thanked Bill for the kindness he showed towards him and his late wife Kelly Preston

"Bill was driven by his passions and devoted his life to them; his deep love of theatre, film, music and his beloved Everton, and the families they created."

He impacted the lives of thousands, whether that be through the launching of careers or his unending loyalty, generosity and unfaltering friendship and support."

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They concluded: "In a multi-award-winning career spanning six decades, Bill produced over 500 West End, Broadway, UK touring and international theatre productions, films and music albums. His impact on the arts industry has been profound."

John was not the only celebrity to pay tribute to Bill, as Sir Ian McKellen also took to X to thank Bill for his work: "Bill Kenwright (1945-2023). Like many grateful actors I am in debt to Bill Kenwright for employment," he wrote.

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Sir Ian McKellan also paid tribute

"We were young together, when he was in Coronation Street and I was dipping a toe into Shaftesbury Avenue.

"Since then, I have admired the resilient way in which he encouraged theatre to thrive in London and in the regions. "Whether it was yet another tour of that wonderful musical 'Blood Brothers' or sponsoring the Peter Hall Company in the classics.

"Many more tributes have flooded in for Bill who will forever be remembered for his passion for both theater and soccer.

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