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Marie Osmond Faces Another Family Tragedy: Her Son Michael Commits Suicide

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Marie Osmond has had to face many personal obstacles in the public limelight. She has shared openly about her divorce, about her battle with post-partum, and she even continued to perform on “Dancing With the Stars” after her father’s death. Through it all, Marie Osmond has always been a picture of strength and composure, citing her Mormon faith as a help to get through hard times.
But now she is facing perhaps the biggest loss of her personal life, as her eighteen-year-old son Michael jumped from the eighth floor of his apartment building and committed suicide. Michael had entered rehab a few years ago for undisclosed reasons, but it seems from the information being reported by several media outlets that depression was at the heart of this desperate act.
It also marks the second celebrity-related suicide in the past week as former “Growing Pains” star Andrew Koenig committed suicide last week. Our prayers are certainly with the Osmonds and yet this news also reinforces the thoughtful words of fellow blogger Ellen this week as she reminded us all that mental health issues perhaps carry more of a stigma than drug abuse and issues like depression are on the rise.It’s a topic that needs to be better addressed in faith communities, and I only this story becomes another important talking point for that discussion.

  • Barbara early

    The pain Maria and her family ate going through is the hardest challenge of pain you are put through. My prays are with her and all her family during this time. We all need to pray for strength & understanding for this family. May God carry you through your diffcult times!

  • Elle

    I think it is wonderful that there is a religious option to all of the secular, nasty blogs and tabloids who don’t care if they are right or wrong, or if they hurt people. However, please take this in the spirit of friendship and helpfulness: you are harming your crediblity by not editing your articles! There are many mistakes in just this small article. PLEASE at least use spellcheck so you are not dismissed as unprofessional, which masks the meaning of your article and your Christian message.
    Thank you!

  • Karbie

    I am so sorry for all the emotional pain that Marie and her family are going through right now. As to the comment about her performing on Dancing with the Stars, she even said that night she was out there because her father told her before he died that he didn’t want her to miss a performance over his death.The intense pressure was to always be a “One-shot Osmond” had been part of the baggage of being an Osmond from her debut on the Andy Williams show. Andy cracked up when she referred to her brothers as her band..and she and Donnie would work on any upcoming appearance to live up to the standard of never needing the cameraman to take more than one shot set by and for her older brothers for their older brothers.
    There’s your Mom, the smiling, beautiful, well loved Marie; all your uncles are also loved by fans all over the world, and the inner pressure of trying to live up to that must have been immense.
    The pain of losing your son just as he was about to start his life–in one way, we all feel the loss when someone we knew kills themselves. We all think, why didn’t you call someone? Why didn’t one of us catch it in time? If someone is determined to kill himself, you can’t stop them..
    All each of us can do on this tragedy is to say a prayer for Marie, her son, and her family as they go through both the red tape and the funeral.It’s certainly a horrible time for them all and I think they could use some extra angels to get them through this pain.

  • LAURA MUSHKAT

    Hope she and the whole family realize that they have our sympathy.

  • David

    May God Almighty hold her and her family in the hollow of His Hand.

  • Ana

    My condolences to the family for the loss of a young son. There is a need to find cure for emotional issues that effect so many people. People are suffering tremendously.

  • Your Name

    I am praying for you and your family.

  • Victoria

    My prayers go out for you and your family

  • Maggie

    My heart felt sympathy goes out to Marie, Michael’s dad, and the Osmond family……You are in my thoughts and prayers….
    I love you all.

  • Joanne Evanoski

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Osmond Family. My heart breaks for you,you have to rely on your Faith in this situation of Life!!! Our heart felt smpthany,The Evanoski’s

  • Penny

    Do not blame yourself or others for not taking action to prevent a suicide. Depression is an illness that kills like cancer. The very nature of the disease prevents the victim from getting the help they need. It is seldom effected by popularity, wealth, or loved ones.

  • Penny

    Do not blame yourself or others for not taking action to prevent a suicide. Depression is an illness that kills like cancer. The very nature of the disease prevents the victim from getting the help they need. It is seldom effected by popularity, wealth, or loved ones.

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  • http://lrwhitney.wordpress.com/ LR Whitney

    I too add my condolences, and don’t specifically blame Marie for this particular tragedy. It’s not about blame, it’s about taking responsibility for your choices and actions. And you have to concede that the storm of tragedies “happening” to Marie Osmond over the years has one central element, and that is Marie Osmond. Had Marie affected the role of Mormonism’s good wife and mother I wouldn’t have a finger to wag. But when you choose repeatedly to place career, fame and fortune ahead of your husband and own children, and choose instead to live up to the expectations of some mythical Osmond Empire, there is a price to pay. When you choose, no, demand to follow a showbiz career, and drag your family to showbiz towns to raise your children in showbiz environments, or if you abandon the hubby and kids to their own devices constantly while on tour or out gigging, you place your family and marriage under greatly increased stress and in considerable peril. You have to own up to your part in that. This is something Marie Osmond has never done. It’s never about Marie. It’s never Marie’s fault. And you never hear any other side of the story. Go ahead, Google your hearts out, all you will find is Marie consoling Marie: print, video, and blogosphere. There’s always some vague, sinister allusion to how the ex husbands are the problem, or its MySpace, bad friends or something else. It’s never Marie. The fact is, Marie Osmond has been driving that family’s coach all along and still is, so if it’s lost, broken down, or ended up at the wrong destination that’s at least partly due by definition to the driver.

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