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Marie Osmond's son died near downtown L.A. fashion institute he attended

February 28, 2010 |  8:50 am

http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/lifeline-live/2010/02/28/osmond2x-large.jpgL.A. authorities today continued their investigation into the apparent suicide of Michael Blosil, the 18-year-old son of entertainer Marie Osmond.

Details about the case -- including where he died -- remain unclear.

Los Angeles Police Department officials told KTLA News that officers responded to a report of a suicide at the 900 block of South Flower Street about 10 p.m. Friday. Traffic in that area was diverted during the investigation, but more details were not immediately available.

That location is near the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Tammy Nguyen, a student at the institute, said Blosil attended the school, majoring in apparel manufacturing. Nguyen said that she gathered with other students at the lobby of the Met, an apartment building at Flower and 9th streets, Friday night, and that she saw Blosil’s body covered with a white sheet on the sidewalk.

“Everyone was in shock,” Nguyen said. Blosil lived on the eighth floor.

Blosil's death was being investigated by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said coroner's Lt. Brian Elias.

Osmond, 50, said in a statement, “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 is best known for the ABC variety show “Donny & Marie” in the late 1970s, in which she starred with her brother. She and her brother have performed on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and now have a variety show at the Flamingo Showroom in Las Vegas.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: More details on this case, as well as photos from a memorial in downtown L.A., from The Times' Christie D'Zurilla at the Ministry of Gossip.

Photo: AP