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How horrible!

Marie Osmond's teenaged son, Michael Blosil, has killed himself by leaping to his death around 9 p.m. Friday in Los Angeles, reports Entertainment Tonight, which quotes Marie's brother, Donny Osmond, as saying, "Please pray for my sister and her family."

According to ET, Michael left a note explaining he intended to end his life after a lengthy battle with severe depression that left him, he said, feeling as if he had no friends and could never fit in.

As PEOPLE reported in 2007, Michael, then 16, entered a rehab facility. His mother said at the time, "My son Michael is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues. As his mother, I couldn't be more proud of him. The press and public have always been kind and gracious in the past and I know they will continue to respect our privacy during this time."

The reason for the visit to rehab was not disclosed. Michael is one of eight children Osmond has raised with ex-husband Brian Blosil.

In 2006, Marie's rep denied that the singer had tried to commit suicide, attributing reports about Osmond to the postpartum she suffered.

As reported by PEOPLE in 2007, Marie Osmond, one of nine Utah-bred Osmond siblings, began performing with her brothers at age 3. She has been outspoken about the trials of her own life in the spotlight.

In her 2001 memoir Behind the Smile, she detailed her battle with postpartum depression following the birth of her son Matthew. She also revealed that she had been sexually abused as a child.

She did not identify her abusers but said they were not family members.


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OMG that is awful. My heart just breaks for Marie and the rest of her family. That to me is one of the worst things imaginable. Bad enough to lose your own child, but to have them take their own life -- just beyond horrible.

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Young, too. makes it even worse. I went to high school with a fabulous boy. Running back. Not so much in the smarts dept but truly gorgeous and incredibly sweet. I always had a secret crush on him but a close friend loved him so that was that and I kept it to myself. He killed himself at 20. I always hope he knows I care.

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