A small conclave of mourners joined John Travolta and Kelly Preston at a private service for late son Jett, 16, yesterday.
The grief stricken family held services at their Jumbolair estate in Ocala, Florida. An airstrip borders the grounds so celeb guests were able to give their support unfettered by fans and press.
Celebs attending were Lisa Marie Presley, Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini, Kirstie Allie and baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. among 100 other mourners.
“The only person who spoke at the service was a female minister of the Church of Scientology, the source said. The guests came into the tent for the service and after they were seated, Travolta, Preston and their 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu, arrived. After the service ended, both parents kissed the photo of Jett displayed behind the podium“ the Ocala Star-Banner reported.
The service strictly adhered to the tenets of Scientology which celebrates life and not death, according to Tommy Davis, spokesman for the “church”
Memorial services are a "celebration of their life, an acknowledgment of their life, and it’s a way to wish them well in their future life,” Davis said. He was unclear on the meaning of “future life” as Scientologists don’t believe in reincarnation.
King Scientolo himself, Tom Cruise, who appeared on The View earlier in the day, struggled with his grief, stammering “It’s horrific."
He waffled on his prior claims that Scientology discourages medical treatment for brain disorders as in the case of Jett who was autistic.
"That’s just not true. It’s actually false," Cruise said.
"They say, ‘Get your physical, get your medication, get your physical illnesses handled.’"
But not mental, Tom?
“The Church does not involve itself in the diagnosis or classification of any medical condition," the “church” later said in a statement answering multiple queries from press and criminologists.