Tom Cruise reportedly turned his back on the man who raised him by staying away from his deathbed and eventually missing his step-father's funeral. Fingers are pointing to his return to Scientology.
According to The National Enquirer, the actor failed to visit his step-father, John 'Jack' South as he valiantly battled a chronic disease during the last weeks of his life.
The 89-year-old World War II veteran passed away July 25 in a second-rate Florida hospice. Astonishingly, neither Cruise – nor his mother – attended Jack’s August 7 funeral!
In an exclusive and emotional interview with The Enquirer two weeks ago before his death, the man who once described by Cruise as a 'wise, smart man' opened up about his world-famous stepson.
''I knew him before he was Tom,'' a dying and distraught South said from his hospital bed. Asked if Cruise had visited since his health worsened, he said, ''No. It’s been a while. I’d rather not go into that because I take care of myself the best I can.''
South was admitted to the hospital on July 3, telling friends he feared being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which makes breathing difficult. But he said Cruise was unlikely to know about his condition. “I don’t want to bother him with it,” said South.
While Cruise and his mother, Pfeiffer were absent from South’s funeral mass, both were featured in a memorial tribute, reports RadarOnline.