Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, was found dead on the ground below a 15-story apartment balcony last night between 9 and 10 pm in Los Angeles. Blosil has struggled with depression in the past, and in 2007, Osmond said Michael was treated at a rehabilitation facility. Blosil left a suicide note indicating that because of his life-long battle with depression, he had no friends and couldnâ€™t fit in.Â His roommate told police that Michael had been clean and sober in recent days but had been struggling with his mental health.Â The acquaintance also told officers that Blosil had tried to end his life once before.
"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," ABC quoted the entertainer as saying.
Donny Osmond, Blosilâ€™s uncle, told Entertainment Tonight: â€œPlease pray for my sister and her family.â€
In case you've been under a rock, 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.
Michael is one of Osmondâ€™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.
It's particularly difficult to lose a child to suicide, and it doesn't matter that Michael was 18, he will always be Marie's child. Depression is a difficult illness to understand if you have never experienced it. Suicide is one of the most frightening things ... humans seem hardwired to find it incomprehensible.
My heart goes out to the Osmond family and I hope they can find some comfort in their religion.