Tom Cruise Dies Of Anxiety Attack

July 23, 2007
Lee Schellenberger

Tom Cruise, actor and producer of award-winning films, died in his home of a severe anxiety attack yesterday. He suffered from schizophrenia. Avidly against the use of prescription psychiatric drugs, Cruise refused treatment. He was 45.

Tom Cruise was famous for starring and producing many Hollywood blockbusters. His breakout role in 1983’s Risky Business launched his career. Top Gun, Born On the 4th of July, Jerry Maguire, and Mission Impossible I, II, and III, are among his most recognized films. He won 3 Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards.

Cruise was an active member in the Church of Scientology. In a controversial action, he lobbied European politicians who opposed Scientology. He later fundraised to treat September 11th rescue workers, using therapy based on Scientology philosophies.
Cruise notoriously opposed psychiatry. He criticized actress, Brooke Shields for using anti-depressants.

“There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance in a body,” Cruise said in his argument against psychiatric drug use.
On The Today Show, Cruise accused host Matt Lauer of supporting the Attention Deficit Disorder treatment, Ritalin. Cruise famously called Lauer a “glib,” meaning that Lauer spoke without knowing the facts on the issue.

“I didn’t become an actor to have power,” Cruise said, “but it just happens that I have it and so I have a lot of opportunities.”
Despite Cruise’s confidence, many of his former fans began questioning his credibility as an influential celebrity. Internet blogs around the world displayed comments on Cruise’s campaign for his beliefs.

These beliefs were a departure from his upbringing. Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV of Catholic parents on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. When Cruise was 12, his mother left his father, taking Cruise and his sister, Lee Anne, with her. They moved to Ontario, Kentucky, Illinois, and New Jersey throughout the rest of Tom’s childhood. Cruise later claimed that he suffered child abuse.

Cruise is survived by his wife, Katie Holmes, 29, and their one-year-old daughter Suri. Holmes said she intends to raise Suri through Catholic tradition. She supported Tom’s religion, but admitted that she owes it to her daughter to convert after 12 hours of labor without anesthesia.

“Tom was the man of my dreams, and he will forever be in my dreams,” Holmes said.

Public Services will be held Sunday at 10am at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles-Celebrity Centre International at 5930 Franklin Ave, Hollywood, Calif.

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