Marie Osmond discusses her son Michael's death
Marie Osmond opened up about her son Michael Blosil's death, talking about his suicide note, about the call from him she missed on her way out the door that day, about people from the coroner's office showing up at their home in the middle of the night with news, about helping to prepare his body for burial.
Speaking with Oprah Winfrey in an interview that aired Thursday, the singer described "Mike" — who had changed his name to Michael Bryan — as "so fun. And cute. And darling. It wasn't until my son started using drugs that I saw him change."
Blosil had attempted suicide once before, while his mom was on "Dancing With the Stars" and he was in rehab, but Osmond said he'd promised he would never try again. When she saw him a month before his death, he told her he'd "never been happier."
No drugs were found in Blosil's system after he jumped to his death Feb. 26 from a downtown L.A. apartment high rise. He was a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Brian Blosil did not attend his son's funeral because his siblings "knew that Michael wouldn't want him there," Osmond said, "and they didn't want him there."
Osmond also took time to quash speculation that Blosil was gay and had taken his life for that reason. "My son was not gay," she said. "He wanted to be married and have a family and travel all over the world. And it wouldn't matter if he was — I have a daughter who is gay, and it was my daughter who was offended" by the implication that all gay people commit suicide.
Rather, Osmond said, her son told her the day before his death that he was lonely and isolated — feelings that brought her back to her own post-partum depression.
"It was the first time I heard him start to cry and say he was alone," she said. "That he had no friends. That he felt despair."
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Marie Osmond and Oprah Winfrey talk in studio in Chicago during the Nov. 9, 2010, taping of their interview. Credit: George Burns / Harpo Productions / Associated Press