Cruise: Jett's Death 'Horrific'

Actor slams 'false' accusations against Scientology
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2009 5:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Tom Cruise mourns the sudden death of John Travolta’s son and defends Scientology in an appearance on The View taped to air tomorrow, ABC News reports. "It's just horrific. Here you have a man, both of them doting parents, they're wonderful people and…” Cruise says, trailing off. He dismisses the notion that religious views played a role in Jett's care.

"That's just not true," says Cruise, adding that Scientology encourages conventional medical care. "They say, 'Get your physical, get your medication, get your physical illnesses handled.’” As for Jett memories: "I saw him when he was just a few months old and John just adored him, and both of his children, and Kelly. I just don't have the words for it."