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Tom on Jett's Death -- "Horrific"

1/8/2009 5:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A visibly shaken Tom Cruise finally opened up about the death of his good friend's son -- describing Jett Travolta's death as "horrific" and addressing Scientology's role in the tragedy.

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Struggling to find the right words, Cruise addressed the emotional topic during a taping for tomorrow's episode of "The View," where he claimed his religion does not prohibit people from seeing a doctor and getting proper medication.

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Jen    

These 2 are gay lovers. Diva's if you will. Any lose of a child, I hopt to never know. That being said, there is something way weird with these 2.

2050 days ago
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momwithfaith    

I'm saddened by the fact that society as a whole has found it acceptable to poke fun at this man's religion, whatever it may be, in such a horrible time in his life. No parent should ever have to experience losing a child, no matter who you are, rich or poor, it's a horrible tragedy to lose a child. Shame on all of your negative comments.

2050 days ago
18.

Julie    

Barbara Walters is such a B#*CH. Why does she always go there. It's one thing to get at the truth but another to make everyone feel uncomfortable. It's time to leave TV Barbara.

2050 days ago
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BlindManTrynaTackleMichaelVick    

I do have sympathy for Jett and wish his soul r.i.p. but man why are people so selective with their sympathy when a young man was shot in his back by one who we as taxpayers pay to protect us!? Where is the national outcry and sympathy for that??? Forget about race man look at what we as humans do to eachother and wonder why this country is picking up speed towards an inevitable downfall!!!

Tom looks very healthy to. Good for him!!!

2050 days ago
20.

John    

Tom Cruise is a horrible father and Suri should be taken away from that cult religion she's being forced to live with!

2050 days ago
21.

RedWeatherTiger    

Notice these cult members always are very specific to say "go to the doctor, take medication for your PHYSICAL illnesses"--the problem has always been that they do not recognize autism as a physical illness, so they are snaking around the issue! Why didn't Babs push him and say, "well then, WHY do you think the Travoltas opted not to medicate Jett for this very serious condition, thus leading to his tragic and untimely death?" I would have LOVED to see him stumble all over THAT one.

2050 days ago
22.

TM    

Acttually Hope..its a shame your parents did not have the brains to use birth control because I can assure you that the world would be a better place without hateful, ignorant, judgemental, immature twits like you floating around uselessly in society...shame on you, you dumb c****

2050 days ago
23.

Reality    

why does he take so long to answer? because he doesnt have a script to memorize and he has to think. Tom Cruise never graduated high school, so having an intelligent thought for him is tough unless it is scripted or he is in front of his disciples at the church. other than that, I thought it was in VERY POOR taste for Barbara Walters and the View to sucker punch him with this line of questioning. A friend of his just lost his oldest son. Leave him alone.

2050 days ago
24.

Lucy    

this whole thing reminds me of how sensationalized the death of Anna Nichole Smith was...I feel sorry for actors, they have no privacy especially in the time of grief.

2050 days ago
25.

Carli    

He said take care of your PHYSICAL ailments. The Brooke Shields thing had to do with mental ailments, not physical ones. There must be something with the mental problems that scientologists don't agree with taking medication for. I think he seemed totally genuine. Also, TMZ did a good job on this, very classy. No cheap shots. Thanks.

2050 days ago
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CANDLE N THE WYND 456    

Tom Cruise totally disgusts me. His friend's son died and instead of being there for support, he is busy defending his freaky beliefs. IMO Scientology is just some tax shelter for the rich. Tom dissed Brooke for using medication. I agree he is a LOSER!

2050 days ago
27.

marie    

if he is a true friend to john and kelly he should bring his family to flordia for john and support them.

2050 days ago
28.

whatthefrig    

It is not a religion, it is a philosophy

2050 days ago
29.

Tracie    

to bad he was taping this instead of being at the service

2050 days ago
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No wonder, huh John?    

You people act like you care about Jett.

You don't.

You are using his death as segway to attack Scientology.

You are using Jett's death to attack Tom Cruise too.

You people are as pathetic as it gets. The scary thing is that not only do you know it, you're content with that.

2050 days ago
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