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Tom Cruise calls Travolta death ‘horrific’.

09 January 2009

"Horrific" is how Tom Cruise describes the sudden death of the son of his friend, John Travolta.

Cruise struggled to keep his composure as he spoke on "The View" about last week's death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta.

The 46-year-old Cruise haltingly went on to say: "John just adored him, both of his children, and Kelly (Preston). So it's something that I don't have the words for." He then lapsed into silence.

The actor, whose latest film is "Valkyrie," also denied that Scientology , which he and the Travoltas follow, discourages medical care. His appearance on the ABC daytime talk show is scheduled to air Friday.