LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The teenage son of famed Osmond family singer Marie Osmond committed suicide by jumping from a building in downtown Los Angeles, her representative confirmed on Saturday.
Michael Blosil, 18, leapt from his apartment around 9 p.m. (12 a.m. EST) 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, celebrity news television program “Entertainment Tonight” reported.
“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,” Marie Osmond said in a statement.
The Osmond Brothers rose to fame in the 1970s and were soon joined onstage by Marie Osmond, who scored her first solo hit with “Paper Roses” in 1973.
Three years later she and her brother Donny began hosting the TV variety show “Donny & Marie,” which featured appearances by their brothers and celebrities. More recently, Marie Osmond appeared on the popular TV show “Dancing With the Stars.”
She and Donny are currently headlining at Las Vegas’ Flamingo hotel. The show was canceled on Saturday following news of the death.
Michael was Marie Osmond’s adopted son with her second husband, Brian Blosil, from whom she is divorced.
Marie Osmond suffered postpartum depression in the 1990s and wrote about her experience in a book “Behind the Smile: My Journey out of Postpartum Depression.”
Writing and Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Xavier Briand