Marie Osmond's Many Troubles

In Marie Osmond's life, it seems, tough times are as prevalent as the spotlight.

The show business fixture is mourning the suicide death of her 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, who lept from his Los Angeles apartment building Feb. 26.

According to Osmond's friend, "Entertainment Tonight" anchor Mary Hart, Osmond is leaning on her family and Mormon faith for comfort during this time.

"You can bet she has loving arms around her," Hart said on "The Early Show" Monday. "The Osmonds are a very close-knit family and, in times of loss or tragedy, they support each other and really band together as a family, and in love."

VIDEO: Marie Osmonds son committed suicide by jumping from a high-rise building.
Marie Osmond's Son Commits Suicide

Reached by ABCNews.com, Osmond's brother, Jimmy, declined to comment on the tragedy and said the family was withholding comment out of respect to Marie. She issued a brief statement following Blosil's death, saying, "My family and I are devastated and in deep shock by the tragic loss of our dear Michael, and ask that everyone respect out privacy during this difficult time."

Osmond has triumphed through tragedy before. Below, see how the 50-year-old singer, actress and entrepreneur has dealt with five major obstacles throughout her career.

Divorce

Marie Osmond after wedding her first husband, Stephen Craig, in 1982.

In 1982 at age 22, fresh off the success of the "Donny & Marie" variety show she launched with her brother, Donny, Osmond wed Stephen Craig, a Brigham Young University basketball star. The following year, she gave birth to Stephen James Craig. But as the marriage progressed, problems began to plague their union. Though the two met five years prior to their wedding, they only dated for 18 months before marrying, and in 1985, Osmond filed for divorce, citing mental cruelty.

Osmond met a new man shortly after her divorce from Craig was finalized in October, 1985: record producer Brian Blosil. The two married in October, 1986, less than a year after meeting. They had two children together and adopted five more, including Michael.

Osmond's second marriage wasn't without its problems, either. In 1998, while in the throws of postpartum depression, Osmond and Blosil separated for several months. While they reconciled, in 2007, they called it quits for good.

"Though our marriage is ending, we continue to have a very amicable relationship," Osmond and Blosil said in a joint statement. "Our marriage has always been a faithful one, and neither of us is assigning fault for the divorce."

Marie Osmond and Brian Blosil in 2006.

Depression

Post-partum depression plagued Osmond following the birth of her third son, Matthew Blosil. She revealed her struggle in the 2001 tome, "Behind the Smile: My Journey out of Postpartum Depression."

"I can hear the breathing of my sleeping newborn son in his bassinet next to the bed," she writes. "My ten-year-old daughter, Rachael, opens the bedroom door and whispers, 'Mom?' into the room, trying not to wake the baby. Not seeing me, she leaves. She doesn't even consider looking in the closet on the floor. Her mother would never be there. She's right. This person sitting on the closet floor is nothing like her mother. I can't believe I'm here myself. I'm convinced that I'm losing my mind. This is not me."

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