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Michael Blosil, the 18-year-old son of Marie Osmond, jumped to his death Friday night from his downtown Los Angeles apartment building, leaving behind a note referring to a lifelong battle with depression.

“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,” his mother said through her publicist Saturday.

In November 2007, Blosil, then 16, entered rehab, though what he was being treated for was not disclosed.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office began its investigation Monday and an autopsy is likely to be conducted soon. Blosil was majoring in apparel manufacturing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising at the time of his death.

Last week “Growing Pains” star Andrew Koenig was found dead in a park and earlier February fashion icon Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home; both were apparent suicides. Blosil’s death has sparked an open dialogue from our readers about suicide. Many of those who have written in had personal experience with it.

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/comments_blog/2010/03/coroner-begins-investigation-into-death-of-marie-osmonds-son.html

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