Cruise pays essay tribute to 'idol' Newman

Tom Cruise has poured his heart into a farewell message to his pal and 'Colour of Money' co-star Paul Newman, who lost his cancer battle on Friday.

The movie star has written an essay about Newman, which will appear in the upcoming issue of America's 'People' magazine.

In the heartfelt message, Cruise explains his former co-star taught him all about life.

He writes: "He was bigger than life to me. But he always had a way of putting us all at ease. He called me 'Cruiser' or sometimes 'Kid'. We would grab time to hang out whenever we could find it."

Cruise closes his touching essay by writing: "His life will forever inspire me. The world has lost an icon; I have lost an idol."

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