Osmond son commits suicide by jumping from building

Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:53pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The teenage son of singer Marie Osmond killed himself by jumping from a building in downtown Los Angeles, celebrity news television program "Entertainment Tonight" reported on Saturday.

"ET" said Michael Blosil, 18, leapt from his apartment around 9 p.m. (0500 GMT) Friday after leaving a note saying he intended to kill himself due to a long battle with depression that made him feel as if he had no friends.

The report on ET's website quotes Marie Osmond as saying, "My family and I are devastated and in deep shock by the tragic loss of our dear Michael and ask that everyone respect our privacy during this difficult time."

A representative for Osmond could not immediately be reached for confirmation.

A Los Angeles police spokesman said a suicide occurred Friday night in the area between 9 and 10 p.m., but the victim's name and details had not been released.

Marie Osmond is a member of the Osmond family of singers that rose to fame in the 1970s. Marie and her brother Donny hosted a hit TV variety show, which featured appearances by their seven brothers. The Osmond Brothers and Donny and Marie also recorded several hit singles.

More recently, Marie Osmond appeared on the popular TV show "Dancing With the Stars," and she and Donny are currently headlining a Las Vegas show.