Marie Osmond's return to the stage the day after her 18-year-old son Michael Blosil's funeral has some folks wondering: how could she return to work so soon?
Osmond offered an explanation herself when she took the stage Tuesday with her older brother, Donny, for their Las Vegas variety show, "Donny & Marie," at the Flamingo Hotel.
"The way Osmonds survive is we keep singing, and that's what we want to do tonight. I know my son would want that," she told the audience.
Michael, Osmond's son with ex-husband Brian Blosil, was found dead from an apparent suicide outside his Los Angeles apartment building on Feb. 26. Blosil, a first-year student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, jumped to his death from his high-rise apartment building in downtown Los Angeles. He reportedly left a note in which he referred to his lifelong battle with depression.
After learning the news, Marie Osmond cancelled her show on Feb. 27 through the following week. On Monday, during an emotional ceremony in Utah attended by the extended Osmond family, Osmond laid her son to rest.
Wrapped in a robe with white feathers that resembled an angel's wings, Osmond genuflected and held out her right hand as she sang.
"How she got through that I will never know," said Donny Osmond after his sister's solo performance.
"I hope you all appreciate what she's going through tonight," he said. "She's a strong woman."