Tom Cruise is dead. This news buzzing right now is just one of the hoaxes you often read online. Tom Cruise is alive. He was with Holmes at the National Movie Awards 2010, London, on Wednesday, May 26. While a man whoa agreed to plead guilty in a plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise for the actor’s stolen wedding photos was found dead in his home. Investigators said it appeared David Hans Schmidt, 47, who was under house arrest and faced up to two years in federal prison, had committed suicide.