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Friday 15 December 2017

Show goes on for tearful Marie after son's funeral

Marie Osmond has made a teary return to her Las Vegas Strip show, saying singing and faith are how she and her family are coping with the death of her 18-year-old son.

Facing the family loss head-on, her brother Donny Osmond described his sister as a strong woman for simply showing up last night after her son Michael Bryan died of an apparent suicide less than two weeks ago.

Bryan's funeral was held on Monday in Provo, Utah.

"I just think that we need to give a big round of applause to my sister for even coming onstage tonight," Donny Osmond said after the siblings' opening number.

"Don't do that -- I'm going to have to leave," Marie Osmond quipped as the Flamingo Las Vegas crowd roared in support of her.

"God bless you all," she said. "The way Osmonds survive is we keep singing and that's what we want to do tonight. I know my son would want that."

The Donny & Marie show resumed with an eager audience, overwhelmingly supportive of Marie through her songs, jokes and a dance-off against her brother -- last season's winner of Dancing With the Stars.

Marie said her latest album of inspirational music album was dedicated to all her children, and sang an opera song dedicated to Bryan.

"He's my angel," she said.

Police in Los Angeles have said Bryan died on February 26 of an apparent suicide after jumping from the eighth floor of an apartment building. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending.

Police said Bryan left a note but have provided no details about its contents.

At the end of the Osmonds' show, Marie cried as she struggled to sing her last line.

"May God keep you in his tender care," Donny sang, before telling his sister: "You don't have to sing this part."

"'Til he brings us together again," she sang.

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