Sidewalk memorials mark the spot where Marie Osmond’s 18-year-ol son Michael Blosil leapt to his death Friday night in Los Angeles, bringing a tragic end to a lengthy battle with depression. Marie Osmond’s son Michael Blosil leapt to his death Friday night in Los Angeles.
Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart, a longtime close friend of Osmond’s, calls it “one of the most difficult stories that I have had to report in my 28 years” with ET - “because it is so personal.” Hart says Michael — one of Marie’s 8 children was happy and working hard at L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising when she saw just a month ago.
The 18-year-old son of entertainment legend Marie Osmond has died. Michael Blosil, one of Marie’s eight children, leapt to his death in Los Angeles overnight. Police say Michael — who waged a lifelong war against depression — died after jumping from his downtown LA apartment building at about 9 PM Friday night. The teen left behind note explaining that he no longer wanted to live because he felt as if he had no friends and could never fit in.
“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,” Michael’s heartbroken mom Marie said in a brief statement issued Saturday.
“Please pray for my sister and her family,” Donny Osmond added in a phone interview with ET. Donny and Marie’s Las Vegas show has been cancelled tonight.
Bad news for Marie Osmond fans. We hear the Mormon mom’s proposed talk show, Marie, won’t be hitting the airwaves — at least not this season.
On Friday, Program Partners announced that the midday chatfest won’t be going forward with its original Fall 2009 launch date due to the economy and recent downturns in the broadcasting industry.
“I want to express my deep appreciation for the faithful support and dedication shown by the numerous stations,” Marie said from backstage at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. “It was my sincere desire to return their enthusiastic responses by producing an exceptional talk show for their fall schedules; produced with the high quality that is associated with the Marie Osmond brand for over four decades. This project, under proper conditions, still remains a strong passion of mine.”
Maybe she doesn’t want to compete with Wendy Williams? After all, the “Queen of All Media” is now being toted the “Queen of Daytime.”
Sibiling singing duo Donny and Marie Osmond will begin headlining their own Las Vegas show at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino on September 9th. Donny & Marie will be a 90-minute showcase of their greatest hits, featuring impressive multimedia effects and a large cast of dancers.
“What Las Vegas has been missing is a true variety show that conveys the real essence of America and the country’s love of homegrown talent,” said the show’s co-presenter and longtime Vegas entertainer Danny Gans. “We felt Donny and Marie provided the perfect combination and something that no one else was making available.”