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    >>> that's your latest weather. matt?

    >>> entertainer, marie osmond is in seclusion this morning, following the tragic suicide death of her 18-year-old son, michael . nbc's george lewis has the latest.

    >> reporter: a sidewalk memorial, with one word "faith." marks the place where michael blosol. the son of marie osmond , he leapt to his death friday note.

    >> in a suicide note he said he was going to take his life because he had lost all hope.

    >> reporter: in 2007 , marie osmond admitted on " larry king live " that her son had gone to rehab for unspecified reasons.

    >> we know that your son has gone to rehab.

    >> reporter: marie osmond and her us wife had eight children. five were adopted. beginning in the '70s, marie became a star at a young age appearing with her brother, donny.

    >> my sister deserves the very, very best. that's why i work with her.

    >> reporter: in a statement released by her publicist. marie osmond is quoted as saying, 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.

    >> the last few years for marie have been very traumatic. she's dealt with the death of her father, she's dealt with a divorce from her second husband. and now this, the suicide of her son. it's just got to be devastating for her.

    >> reporter: for "today," george lewis , nbc news, lossing an los

updated 3/1/2010 7:52:34 PM ET 2010-03-02T00:52:34

Toxicology tests will determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the death of Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, who police said jumped to his death from a downtown apartment building, a coroner's official said Monday.

Michael Blosil left a suicide note before he leaped from the eighth floor of the building on Friday night, said police Lt. Paul Vernon.

Vernon said he did not have details of the note.

"It was fairly obvious this appeared to be a suicide, based upon witness statements," he said.

Coroner's officials were investigating the case as a suicide, but an autopsy conducted Sunday did not officially determine the cause of death pending the results of toxicology tests, which could take up to two months, said Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

"He fell to his death from a balcony, eight stories," Winter said, but officials "just want to make sure that he wasn't drunk or something and walked out of his balcony and fell."

"Is it an accident or is it a suicide?" Winter asked. "We just want to make sure that there's nothing that we missed."

Blosil was a first-year student of apparel manufacturing at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, said college spokeswoman Shirley Wilson. A floral memorial was placed in the school's rotunda in his honor.

Blosil and other students lived at the Metropolitan apartments on Flower Street, Wilson said.

The complex, known as "The Met," has a 24-hour doorman and a balcony for every apartment, along with a spa, pool and other luxuries.

Details of Blosil's death were not immediately released, but Vernon said there was no indication that he had been attending a party or other event where he might have been drinking.

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There have been conflicting reports about whether Blosil may have struggled with depression. Vernon said he did not have any information.

Video: Osmonds ‘devastated’ over son’s suicide Osmond revealed in 2007 that her son had entered rehab but didn't say specifically what he was being treated for.

"He's dealing with a lot of issues," she told CNN's Larry King at the time. "I don't feel comfortable talking for him. I think he'll have to deal with that."

Osmond did say one of the issues troubling him was the fact that he was adopted.

"He is the most amazing kid ...," she added before beginning to cry.

Osmond herself has struggled with depression over the years, as she disclosed in her 2001 book, "Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression."

Blosil was one of Osmond's five adopted children. She also has three other children from two marriages. Osmond divorced Brian Blosil in 2007 after two decades of marriage. She and her first husband, Stephen Craig, divorced in 1985.

In a statement after his death, Osmond said she and her family were in shock. Her publicist declined to provide any additional comment from Osmond on Monday.

Osmond earned fame at age 13 with the hit song "Paper Roses," and starred with her brother, Donny, on television's "Donny and Marie Show" during the 1970s.

The siblings perform a musical variety show regularly at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The hotel said the shows were canceled over the weekend and performances would resume on March 9.

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