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Marie Osmond's son dies in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son Michael Blosil has died, the entertainer said Saturday.
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.
Entertainment Tonight reported on its Web site 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, but
the victim was not identified Saturday, Los Angeles Police Officer
Gregory Baek said.
"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.
Blosil reportedly left a note which referred to a lifelong
battle with depression.
In 2007, Osmond said 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 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.
They perform a musical variety show regularly at the Flamingo
Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The hotel said Saturday's performance
was canceled.

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