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March 10, 2010

Osmond's Emotional Return to the Stage

Posted: 01:35 PM ET

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With tears in her eyes and her voice shaking at times, Marie Osmond donned her bravest face Tuesday night as she took to the stage for the first time since the death of her son for a show that she dedicated to him.

"The way Osmonds survive is we keep singing," she told the audience at the Flamingo Las Vegas, performing one day after the funeral. "That's what we want to do tonight. I know my son would want that and this show is for him."

The crowd in the sold-out showroom applauded her throughout the 90-minute show, giving her a standing ovation when brother Donny said, "I think we need to give a big round of applause for my sister for even coming on stage."

Though saying the show would be a little different than others, Osmond fought through her emotions and remained largely on schedule. Taking a moment to introduce an opera song, she spoke of her Mormon faith helping her through the past week before dedicating the song to her son Michael Bryan, 18, whom she called "my angel." Michael took his own life on Feb. 26.

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March 9, 2010

Marie Osmond Speaks at Son's Funeral

Posted: 01:11 PM ET

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The Osmond family gathered in Provo, Utah, on Monday for the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Bryan, Marie Osmond's son who committed suicide on February 26.

"He was a man of his word. He wasn't a talker, he was a doer. He was reliable," said Bryan's sister, Rachel Blosil, 20, who struggled through tears to eulogize her younger brother, The Associated Press reported. "He knew my hopes, he knew my dreams, my secrets, things that nobody knows. He was my best friend."

Bryan was one of five children adopted by Osmond and ex-husband Brian Blosil, who divorced in 2007 after 20 years of marriage. Osmond announced in 2007 that Bryan had entered a rehab facility but did not reveal his reasons for treatment.

Marie Osmond had not planned to speak at the funeral, which was attended by more than 450 mourners at a chapel near the Provo temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but as the service drew to a  close, People magazine reported that she changed her mind.

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March 5, 2010

What Marie Osmond's son wrote in suicide note

Posted: 08:48 AM ET

At the end, he wanted to be at peace.

Michael Bryan was supposed to spend the evening of February 26 with his close friend Ruthann Clawson, and she texted him during the day about their plans, she told "Entertainment Tonight."

But at 9:23 p.m., Clawson got this reply: "There is a letter for you on my bed." She asked him who wrote it and tried to call, but got no answer - so she went to his apartment. Bryan's roommate let her in.

She found and read the letter and then looked over the balcony. She saw her friend lying there, motionless.

"He wanted me to tell his family that he loves them, that he loves each and every one of them, because he was scared to do it himself," Clawson says.

Bryan told Clawson that he committed suicide because he wanted to be at peace - but he wanted her to live a long and happy life.

"I want people to remember him as the nicest person I've ever met," she said.

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March 1, 2010

Marie Osmond's son committed suicide, police say

Posted: 08:24 AM ET

The death of Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son has been classified as a suicide, police said Sunday.

A family spokesman on Saturday said that Michael Blosil had died.

Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rayner told CNN she could not release further information because the death is a Los Angeles County coroner's case. The coroner's office said the case was on "security hold" and nothing further would be released Sunday.

In a statement issued Saturday through a spokesman, Osmond said: "My family and I are devastated and in deep shock by the tragic loss of our dear Michael and ask that everyone respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Osmond's Web site describes her as "the proud mother of eight beautiful children who are always her greatest treasures."

Marie Osmond and her brother Donny hosted the national television variety show "The Donny & Marie Show" from 1976 to 1981.

Afterward, she had acting and singing careers. She recently competed in a season of "Dancing With the Stars."

In 2001, she wrote "Behind the Smile," about her experience with postpartum depression.

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