We’re thinking of you and your family during this difficult time, Merrill Osmond. The 65-year-old Osmond Brothers singer recently took to his official Facebook page to sadly confirm his son, Troy Osmond, had passed away at age 33 and post a touching tribute to his late child.
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we have to announce our precious son, Troy Dean, passed away earlier today. As a family, our hearts are broken but we are comforted in the knowledge we will meet again. This is part of Heavenly Fathers plan for Troy. We will always remember him as the sensitive, caring, and talented boy who brought so much happiness to all who knew him,” Merrill began his emotional Nov. 9 message to his fans.
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“He had a huge compassion for others and always knew when help was needed. The Christmas tour will continue as planned and as Troy would want. I know you’ll all understand if I’m not as available as much as usual,” he concluded his post. The singer’s message garnered nearly 3,000 comments from his many followers. “I’m so very sorry for you and your family, Merrill,” one person wrote with another similarly adding, “So sorry for your [loss], there is nothing worse than losing a child, I can only imagine what you and [your wife] Mary are going through, my thoughts are with you all.”
On Sunday, Nov. 18, Merrill’s younger sister, Marie Osmond, also took to Facebook to write about Troy’s tragic death. “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 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 survive 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.”