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Coroner begins investigation into death of Marie Osmond's son

March 1, 2010 | 10:10 am


Los Angeles police said Monday that the investigation into the death of Michael Blosil, the 18-year-old son of entertainer Marie Osmond, would be handled by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Friends and neighbors told authorities that Blosil had been struggling with depression when he jumped to his death Friday night from a downtown Los Angeles apartment building.

"It appears it was a suicide," said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon. "This is a young man from a close-knit family. It's very tragic."

Los Angeles patrol officers were initially dispatched to the call, but the case was not turned over to detectives as it was quickly determined that Blosil, a major in apparel manufacturing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, battled depression before his death.

Investigators believe Blosil, one of seven children of Osmond and her ex-husband, Brian Blosil, fell 15 stories after jumping from a roof or balcony of the building where he lived. He left behind a suicide note, the contents of which were not disclosed.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photos: Flowers were left on the sidewalk, top, outside the Met apartment building on South Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night. At right, a banner outside the entrance to the building. Credit: Christie D'Zurilla / Los Angeles Times. More at Ministry of Gossip.

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