Things haven’t been easy for the Osmond family the past few months. It was reported by ITV News on Monday, Dec. 31 that Jimmy Osmond suffered a stroke on Thursday, Dec. 27 after performing as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome in England.
And now, he’s fortunately on the road to recovery. “There are different levels of stroke, and he has received the care he needs and is looking forward to a few months of self-care,” a source told Daily Mail.
Last week, Jimmy fell on stage during his performance. “On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 27 after pushing through the evening’s performance of Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome, Jimmy Osmond was driven straight to hospital and diagnosed with a stroke. He is grateful for all the well wishes and will be taking time out in the new year,” his spokesperson told the news outlet.
Birmingham Hippodrome sent their well wishes to Jimmy after the sad news. “Jimmy loved being a part of the Hippodrome’s well-renowned panto, and his portrayal of Captain Hook was both dastardly and heartwarming. He won the adoration not just of our audiences, but also of all our staff — we all send Jimmy and his family very best wishes for a speedy recovery,” Fiona Allan from Birmingham Hippodrome shared.
His siblings Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond also took to social media to share their prayers for their brother. “Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers on behalf of my little brother. Jimmy, I love you, brother,” Donny wrote. “Prayers for my brother Jimmy,” Marie added.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers on behalf of my little brother, Jimmy. I love you, brother. pic.twitter.com/hXozXy6SuG
— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) January 1, 2019
This news comes one month after Marie took to social media on Sunday, Nov. 18 to sadly reveal that her family was mourning the loss of her nephew, Troy Osmond, who tragically passed away at age 33. “This was a sad and challenging week for our family as my wonderful nephew Troy passed away in his sleep at 33. He had struggled with illness since he was nine years old and those trials caused him a great deal of pain his whole life. Although I am grateful he isn’t suffering any longer, his loss has left a huge hole for our family. He was an exemplar to many, never letting his physical challenges get in the way of living his life to the fullest. First and foremost, Troy loved his family and cheered them on with every opportunity he had, and we loved him, completely and fiercely,” Marie, 59, wrote on Facebook.
“As I stood next to my brother Merrill at his youngest son’s funeral, I tried my best to comfort and share in his pain. I know that feeling of utter despair, praying to wake up from a horrible nightmare and not being able to breathe. I remember that seemingly impossible task to continue on — I had to for my other children, but I didn’t know how,” Marie continued. “As time went by, I discovered the only way possible to this terrible time was to keep my eyes on the Savior. Because of my experience, I was able to tell Merrill and my sister-in-law, Mary, that I knew how devastating the loss of a child was but they would be able to get through it if they kept turning their hearts to Him.”
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This was a sad and challenging week for our family as my wonderful nephew Troy passed away in his sleep at 33. He had struggled with illness since he was nine years old and those trials caused him a great deal of pain his whole life. Although I am grateful he isn’t suffering any longer, his loss has left a huge hole for our family. He was an exemplar to many, never letting his physical challenges get in the way of living his life to the fullest. First and foremost, Troy loved his family and cheered them on with every opportunity he had, and we loved him, completely and fiercely. For now my brother Merrill and his family need to heal, and if you see them in concert please allow them that time. Living with Troy’s death will be one of the hardest things they do but I know that over time they will be able to use this experience to help others. Life is learning how to deal with trials and challenges, and they can be humbling and painful, but I know our Savior will help us go through them instead of around them, if we ask for His help. Humbly asking for help can move us forward in peace and love. I don’t believe God orchestrates trials, He isn’t behind the fires in California or the wars that plague our world, He isn’t involved in the anger and rancor we witness each day… man has been given the opportunity to choose… God will not take our agency away, how could we learn? Like a good parent, children are given rules, guidelines and boundaries to keep them safe. However, if they choose to disobey wise counsel there are consequences that limit their freedoms to enjoy a productive, healthy life. It’s all up to actions and choices. God can’t stop people from making bad choices but he can help those of us who have been hurt by those choices to heal. This is why even when we do experience pain we will always win if we choose to have God’s love in our hearts. Then we learn… He is in the words we use to comfort, the impressions we use to guide, the arms we use to share our burdens and help others with the knowledge that God is ALWAYS there! Read the full message on my Facebook page and marieosmond.com/sundaymessage
“This horrible day for my brother and his wife is what the Savior died for. He gave His life not just for our sins but also for our pain and suffering. The inexplicable grief they are feeling will lessen over time, I know that… because I lived it. The loss is indescribable but God can bless us with respites in between the grief if we but ask. I have always had a desire to study Gods word and I believe fervently that life goes on, both on this side and in heaven,” the singer continued.
“From the learning, I have done and the losses in my life, I have gleaned that one of the most important reasons the Savior appeared to so many after His death and resurrection was to show people how life indeed went on,” Marie wrote. “He interacted with people, he taught them, He ate with them and He showed us through His example the continuation of life!”
Jimmy previously suffered a stroke in 2004 when he was 40. “It came on so fast and I could hardly see – it was as if I had tunnel vision,” he said to Daily Mail in 2009. “Somehow, I managed to get to the end of the show. How I drove home I have no idea and I should not have done it because I couldn’t even see the lines in the middle of the road, but I was desperate to get back to my family and go to bed.”
He added, “The following morning I tried to get up, but felt so dizzy that I fell over. My vision was still bad and this terrible headache was gnawing away right at the base of my skull.”
We’re so glad Jimmy is already feeling much better!