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Marie Osmond calls son's death 'worst thing' in new book

Marie Osmond calls son's death 'worst thing' in new book

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SALT LAKE CITY — Marie Osmond is opening up about the darkest days of her life in a new book.

It's been three years since her 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of his Los Angeles apartment building, yet there are still moments when the pain is so fresh it's difficult to breathe, Osmond told People Magazine.

You cry until you can't cry, and then cry some more.

–Marie Osmond

"You cry until you can't cry, and then cry some more," she said.

Osmond's book, "The Key is Love: My Mother's Wisdom, A Daughter's Gratitude," details her struggle to survive the days, months and years after Michael's death.

In the book, Osmond recalled how just six months before her son died, she had a chilling encounter with a fan at her Las Vegas show. The woman hugged her and asked her about her depression, divorce and problems with her children.

The Key is Love: My Mother's Wisdom, A Daughter's Gratitude
National Book Tour
  1. Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
    Books & Greetings
    271 Livingston Street
    Northvale, NJ
  2. Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
    Barnes & Noble
    600 Smith Haven Mall
    Lake Grove, NY
  3. Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
    Changing Hands
    6428 S. McClintock Dr.
    Tempe, AZ
  4. Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m.
    Deseret Book
    45 W South Temple
    Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m.
    648 E 800 South
    Orem, UT

"I haven't lost a child. That would be the worst thing," Osmond told her.

Michael had a troubled history that included depression and rehab.

"My son, Michael, is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues," Osmond told the Associated Press in 2007. "As his mother I couldn't be more proud of him."

Blosil — who Osmond adopted as a newborn — was one of eight children she raised with ex-husband Brian Blosil.

"It was impossible for anyone in the family to stay upset or angry if he was around," Osmond wrote in her book. "Even as a very little boy, Mike would notice and reach out to those who were marginalized because they were different."

Osmond said her decision to write the book — as well as the contents of its pages — were largely inspired by advice she received from her mother, Olive.

Osmond is launching a national book tour for "The Key is Love" next week. Her last stop will be in Utah — signing copies at the Deseret Book at City Creek on Friday, April 5, and at the Orem Costco on Saturday, April 6.

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