A Hollywood family has lost another member, in what seems like a recent outbreak of suicides.
Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son Michael Blosil died this past weekend.
Osmond said in a statement through her publicist that her family is devastated by the “tragic loss.” She did not provide details on the death.
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The Los Angeles County coroner’s office says Michael Blosil’s death is being investigated as a suicide. An official cause of death is pending results of drug testing.
Entertainment Tonight originally reported that Blosil jumped to his death Friday night from a downtown Los Angeles apartment building.
Officers responded to an apparent suicide jump in the area. While Los Angeles Police did not identify the body, friends later came forward and identified it as Blosil.
“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,” Osmond said in the statement.
Authorities say autopsy results on Blosil are inconclusive after he reportedly fell from a Los Angeles apartment building.
The apartment is used by students at the nearby Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where Blosil studied apparel manufacturing.
Blosil reportedly left a note which referred to a lifelong battle with depression.
In 2007, 16-year-old Michael was treated at a rehabilitation facility, but she didn’t disclose the nature of his problem.
Donny Osmond, Blosil’s uncle, told Entertainment Tonight: “Please pray for my sister and her family.”
Michael is one of Osmond’s five adopted children. She also has three other children from two marriages. She divorced Brian Blosil in 2007 after two decades of marriage. She and her first husband Stephen Craig divorced in 1985.
Osmond, 52, earned fame at age 13 with the hit song “Paper Roses,” and starred with her brother, Donny, on television’s Donny and Marie Show during the 1970s. She has since starred on Season 5 of Dancing With The Stars and launched a very successful product line.
They perform a musical variety show regularly at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. In wake of Michael’s death, it was announced today that the show has been postponed until March 9.
With The Associated Press