Being a parent and juggling a career is a challenging task for anyone, especially for a parent who is always in the limelight. Maria Osmond, the country music legend, has experienced this firsthand.
From a young age, she was thrust into fame, but as she got older and started a family of her own, she realized the true difficulty of balancing both.
Despite this, she has managed to overcome some incredibly tough times and is now speaking up about her unimaginable loss.
In 2010, Osmond had just finished a performance at the Flamingo Las Vegas on February 26th. She went to her room to nap, but was abruptly awakened by a phone call from her security guard back home.
He informed her that people from the Coroner’s Office were there to see her. This shocking news marked the beginning of a difficult journey for Osmond as she struggled to come to terms with her loss.
For anyone reading this, the name Marie Osmond is likely one that is very familiar. She has essentially grown up in front of our eyes, and has been a constant presence in the entertainment industry for decades.
However, few people know the struggles she has faced behind the scenes as she tried to balance her career and her role as a parent.
Despite the challenges she has faced, Osmond has remained strong and continues to be an inspiration to many. Her resilience and determination in the face of adversity serve as a reminder that even in the toughest of times, it is possible to overcome and move forward.
When Marie Osmond received the devastating news of her son’s death, she knew it was Mike. Mike, or Michael Blosil, was Osmond’s fourth oldest child and one of the five children she had adopted with her ex-husband.
Tragically, Michael had jumped to his death from his eighth-floor apartment at the young age of 18, while he was a student at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
In an interview with Oprah later, Osmond shared the details of her son’s struggles. Michael had been battling depression for a while and had left a suicide note explaining his struggles.
An inconsolable Osmond said, “He was probably the easiest child of all my kids. He was so fun. And cute. And darling. It wasn’t until my son started using drugs that I saw him change.”
Michael’s struggles with addiction began at the young age of 12. He was in and out of rehab ever since, but in 2009, Osmond happily shared that her son was finally sober.
However, according to the toxicology report, at the time of his death, Michael was sober, and the reasons behind his suicide remain unknown.
The loss of a child is an unimaginable tragedy and Osmond’s story serves as a reminder of the devastating effects of addiction and mental health struggles.
It also highlights the importance of understanding and addressing these issues to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.
Marie Osmond’s son’s death had indeed knocked the wind out of her, she said, “I’ve been through some tough things in my life. This is probably the hardest thing I’ve been through.”
However, she later said, “It doesn’t scare me, like I guess it scares some people. And I knew that if I didn’t get back on stage, that I may never get back on stage.” Osmond returned to the stage two weeks after her loss, as she knew that it was what felt safe to her.
She was asked if she thought about what she could have done differently to save her son’s life and had a very apt answer for the question.
She said, “I think there’s always ‘what ifs.’ What if I had just put him on a plane and said come be with me, or gone there?” Osmond believes that if you live life in ‘what ifs’ … you stop living.”
Truly there is nothing harder than losing a child and Marie Osmond coped with her grief with so much grace and wisdom.
Her strength and resilience in the face of such unimaginable loss is truly admirable. She continues to use her platform to raise awareness about mental health and addiction and is an inspiration to many.
Marie Osmond, the country music legend, has faced the unimaginable loss of her son, Michael Blosil, who struggled with depression and addiction. Despite the tragedy, Osmond has managed to cope with her grief with grace and wisdom.
She returned to the stage two weeks after his death and continues to use her platform to raise awareness about mental health and addiction.
Osmond’s story serves as a reminder of the devastating effects of mental health issues and addiction, and the importance of understanding and addressing these issues to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.
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