Tom Cruise On The Death Of Jett Travolta: ‘It’s Horrific’
First Published: January 8, 2009 6:20 PM EST Credit: ABC
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Tom Cruise shared his grief over the loss of Jett Travolta, the son of his good friends, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, during a taping of “The View” Thursday morning.
During the pre-taped episode set to air on Friday, Barbara Walters broached the subject of the 16-year-old’s tragic death last Friday due to a seizure disorder.
“You know, it’s horrific,” Tom told “The View” ladies after a long pause. “You know, like, it’s just horrific. Here’s a man who… both of them, doting parents. Just wonderful people.”
Barbara also brought up recent criticisms of the Travoltas’ religion – Scientology — which some have questioned whether it played a role in the Jett’s death.
“There has been criticism and there’s so much misinformation and one of the things that has been said … is that in your religion, you don’t take unnecessarily… a member of your family or anyone to a doctor. Is that the case?” Barbara asked.
“That’s not true. That’s just not true,” Tom replied. “It’s actually just the opposite, where you — they say, ‘Look, get your physical, get medication, get your physical illnesses handled.’ It’s actually the exact opposite.”
As he continued on, Tom said he was at a loss of words for his friends’ loss.
“Look… you all know him and you see him and Kelly… It’s just horrible,” Tom said. “I remember Jett when he was born and I saw him when he was a few months old and John just adored him. Both of his children. And Kelly. So it’s just something that, you know, I don’t have the words for.”
A memorial service for Jett was to be held on Thursday in Florida.
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