Tragic news for Marie Osmond. Her son, who had battled depression, committed suicide.
Osmond’s family notified ‘Entertainment Tonight‘ that her son Michael Blosil leapt to his death Friday night in Los Angeles. Contacted by phone this morning, Donny Osmond tells the news program: “Please pray for my sister and her family.”
According to ‘ET’, “Michael, who was in his late teens and is one of Marie’s eight children, died after jumping from his downtown Los Angeles apartment at about 9 p.m. on Friday night. He left a note explaining he intended to commit suicide due to his life-long battle with severe depression that left him, he said, feeling as if he had no friends and could never fit in.”
Osmond is reportedly “devastated by the loss.” Donny and Marie, scheduled to perform tonight in Las Vegas, have canceled their show.
In November 2007, Blosil, then 16, entered rehab for treatment of undisclosed issues. Last year, Osmond, who had her own battled with post-partum depression, spoke to People magazine about her son’s struggle with the disease.
“Those kinds of things are really very hard for a teenager to deal with,” she said. “And if he ever wants to talk about it … he will, but it has to be their choice. It’s not my choice.”
People reported that Blosil was “finishing up his last year of high school while living with his mom in Las Vegas (where she and brother Donny headline in a show at the Flamingo).
“I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Osmond told the magazine. “He’s got a 3.9 GPA in high school. He’s looking at scholarships to some wonderful colleges.”
Last year, Osmond also revealed that her depression a decade earlier after giving birth to her son, Matthew, had been so severe she had contemplated taking her life.
“I remember walking down the stairs and putting Matthew in the arms of the nanny,” she told the Daily Mail. “‘I can’t stay here,’ I told her. ‘There is something wrong, really wrong with me. I have to leave until I figure it out.’”
“I turned away from her, away from my precious baby, away from my life and walked out of the door,” she continues. “I have no idea how my feet carried me to the car.”
“When I switched on the engine, something overpowering moved inside of me, something from the deepest part of my soul. My body was racked with hysterical crying and I began to understand for the first time why a person would want to take their own life.”
Her then-husband, record producer Brian Blosil, found her in a hotel room 250 miles from their L.A. home. She began taking anti-depressants and turned her life around.
She sounded a note of hope two years ago after her son entered rehab.
“My son Michael is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues,” she said. “As his mother, I couldn’t be more proud of him.”