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Originally posted 03/08/2010 06:55PM
Marie Osmond had not planned to speak at her son Michael Bryan's funeral.
But as the service drew near an end Monday afternoon, she stood and addressed hundreds of mourners at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Provo, Utah, who included her show business brothers, seven surviving children, and one unexpected invited guest: the biological mother of Michael, who was adopted.
"I'd just like to say thank you to everybody," she said. "As you see I have amazing support from great men, my family, my brothers. God was very wise when he put me into a family with honorable men because they have served as examples for my children."
Originally posted 03/08/2010 03:35PM
The extended Osmond family gathered Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Provo, Utah, to honor the life and memory of Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son.
The moving service for Michael Bryan, who took his own life, was attended by his seven siblings and show business uncles, including Donny, who delivered the invocation through tears.
A slide show of Michael as a child ran on a loop on a small screen in the lobby of the LDS Chapel as hundreds of friends and family streamed into the chapel, adorned with dozens of huge flower arrangements, including calla lilies, roses and stargazer lilies.
Thomas S. Monson, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided over the service.
Originally posted 03/05/2010 06:30AM
A private funeral will be held Monday in Utah for Michael Bryan, the troubled son of Marie Osmond, the entertainer's rep, Alan Nierob, confirms.
Bryan, 18, died last Friday, Feb. 28, the victim of suicide.
Utah is the Osmonds' home state.
Through her rep, Marie Osmond released a statement last Saturday. She 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.”
– Elizabeth Leonard and Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 03/04/2010 03:50PM
At the end, he wanted to be at peace.
Michael Bryan was supposed to spend the evening of Feb. 26 with his close friend Ruthann Clawson, and she texted him during the day about their plans, she tells Entertainment Tonight.
But at 9:23 p.m., Clawson got this reply: "There is a letter for you on my bed." She asked him who wrote it and tried to call, but got no answer – so she went to his apartment. Bryan's roommate let her in.
She found and read the letter and then looked over the balcony. She saw her friend lying there, motionless.
Originally posted 03/04/2010 06:05AM
Donny and Marie Osmond have added several dates to their Las Vegas show to make up for canceled performances due to the death of Marie’s 18-year-old son.
The duo have added five shows between April 13 and 17 at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino.
"These were previously unscheduled show dates, added to accommodate guests who had tickets to recently canceled shows due to the personal tragedy in the Osmond family," according to a press release.
Originally posted 03/03/2010 02:30PM
Three years ago, one jolt after another hit Marie Osmond's family: the singer divorced her husband of 20 years, her father died at age 90, and her teenage son Michael went into rehab.
By 2008, Osmond and her eight children had left Utah and the home she had shared with her ex Brian Blosil, headed for a new life in Las Vegas, her career rejuvenated by her appearance in 2007 on Dancing with the Stars.
It was a fresh start for her son Michael, too.
Back in 2007, the teen spent time in rehab for substance abuse. At the time, Osmond's brother Donny told PEOPLE that his sister had been dealing with Michael's issues "for a very long time."
But by 2008, Michael, a talented musician and high school senior, appeared to be doing better: Mom boasted in her book Might As Well Laugh About It that he "had been accepted into a performing arts program for high school students."
Last fall, he enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. One of Michael's close friends says he "was happy" and "loved" L.A. – and the move made Osmond happy, too.
"Wow, I'm proud of that kid!" she Tweeted in October. "He really took charge of his future."
Originally posted 03/02/2010 01:50PM
The Osmond family is leaning on each other for support after Marie's 18-year-old son committed suicide last week, says brother Donny.
"Whenever there's a situation where there needs to be rallying, the Osmonds rally around each other and support each other," he tells The Insider. "And there's a lot of that going on right now."
Marie's son Michael Bryan (who legally changed his last name from Blosil to Bryan) leapt to his death from his Los Angeles apartment building on Friday, explaining in a note that his severe depression had become too much for him to handle.
Originally posted 03/01/2010 02:00PM
Although Marie Osmond knew her son had problems, she had visited him often in Los Angeles, where he attended school at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and thought he was doing better, a friend tells PEOPLE.
"When she heard about the tragedy, she was a mess. She was in disbelief," says the friend.
Michael, 18, took his own life on Friday night in Los Angeles. The Osmond family has gathered in Las Vegas, where Donny and Marie's show is on hold indefinitely, to mourn together.
Originally posted 02/28/2010 01:00PM
Moments before he apparently leapt to his death Friday, Michael Blosil text messaged a female friend to alert her to a suicide note he had left in his downtown Los Angeles apartment.
According to a TMZ report, around 9 p.m. Blosil, the 18-year-old son of entertainer Marie Osmond, sent a text to the friend, a fellow resident of the Met apartment building with whom he had planned to spend time that night.
When she arrived at his eighth-floor apartment, Blosil's roommates – who hadn't known anything was wrong – let her in. They recovered the note, in which Blosil, a student at the nearby Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising majoring in apparel manufacturing, had written about being incredibly unhappy.
Originally posted 02/27/2010 02:00PM
Marie Osmond's teenaged son, Michael Blosil, has killed himself by leaping to his death around 9 p.m. Friday in Los Angeles, reports Entertainment Tonight, which quotes Marie's brother, Donny Osmond, as saying, "Please pray for my sister and her family."
Through her rep, Marie Osmond released a statement Saturday. It says, “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.”
According to ET, Michael left a note explaining he intended to end his life after a lengthy battle with severe depression that left him, he said, feeling as if he had no friends and could never fit in.
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