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Monitor: Marie Osmond struggles with son's suicide

Plus Naomi Campbell, Simon Cowell, and more stars making news the week of March 5, 2010

ENGAGED
Simon Cowell, 50, is engaged to American Idol makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, 36, PEOPLE magazine has reported, citing a source. Cowell’s rep would say only, ”Simon does not discuss his private life.”… Seth Green, 36, is set to wed model-actress Clare Grant, 30.

MARRIED
He’s no longer a Bachelor! Season 13’s controversial star Jason Mesnick, 33, said ”I do” to Molly Malaney, 25, Feb. 27 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif…. Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki, 27, and his former costar Genevieve Cortese, 29, tied the knot Feb. 27 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

BIRTHS
Christina Milian, 28, and her husband, The-Dream (né Terius Nash), 31, welcomed daughter Violet on Feb. 26 in L.A…. Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, 63, and his wife, Noelle, are the proud parents of son Rex, born March 1 in L.A. They also have a daughter, Zoe, 2…. Jim Carrey, 48, has a new role: grand-father. His daughter, Jane, gave birth to son Jackson Riley Santana on Feb. 26 in L.A.

RECOVERING
Gary Coleman, 42, was hospitalized Feb. 26 after suffering a seizure on the L.A. set of TV’s The Insider. Coleman, who was also treated for seizure activity in January, returned home the following day.

COURTS
Season 7 American Idol contestant Chikezie Eze, 24, was arrested Feb. 25 for alleged identity theft at a Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus. Cops say Eze tried to buy two bottles of cologne with a credit card that had been stolen. He posted $50,000 bail, and the case is under investigation. Eze has denied any wrongdoing…. On Feb. 24, ex – Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, 44, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge that stemmed from a Jan. 27 speeding bust in L.A…. Mark Kerrigan, 45 — the brother of ice skater Nancy Kerrigan — returned to the Massachusetts home of his mother, Brenda, Feb. 24 after posting $10,000 bail and undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. (He was charged in January with assaulting his father, Daniel, who died after the alleged altercation.) Mark must wear a GPS device, abstain from drinking, and participate in random drug and alcohol tests…. A chauffeur alleged that supermodel Naomi Campbell, 39 — who has a long history of violent outbursts — assaulted him while he was driving her around New York City March 2. Police confirm that the case is under investigation. Campbell’s rep, Jeff Raymond, tells EW, ”Naomi will cooperate voluntarily, and there is more to the story than meets the eye.”… Troubled star Leif Garrett, 48, pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession Feb. 24 in an L.A. court. (The former teen idol was arrested in a train station last month after allegedly confessing that he had black tar heroin in his shoe.) He is expected back in court March 16…. On Feb. 24, country star Sara Evans, 39, obtained a temporary restraining order in a Tennessee court preventing her ex-husband, Craig Schelske, from making public statements about their 2006 divorce proceedings.

DEATHS
Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig, 41, whose disappearance sparked a manhunt in Canada, was found dead in a Vancouver park Feb. 25. His father, actor Walter Koenig, said Andrew had taken his own life, and made an emotional appeal to anyone who might be struggling with depression: ”If you can learn anything from this, it’s that there are people out there who really care.”… Bass player Tom ”T-Bone” Wolk, 58, best known for his work with Hall & Oates, died of a possible heart attack Feb. 28 in Yonkers, N.Y. ”T-Bone was my musical brother,” Daryl Hall said in a statement on the band’s website. ”And losing him is like losing my right hand.” — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


BIRTHDAYS
Eva Mendes, 35
March 5

Jenna Fischer, 36
March 7

James Van Der Beek, 33
March 8

Jon Hamm, 39
March 10

Terrence Howard, 41

March 11


Marie Osmond Grapples with Son Michael’s Suicide
On the evening of Feb. 26, Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old adopted son, Michael Blosil, plunged to his death from the balcony of his eighth-floor apartment in downtown Los Angeles. (Michael was one of Osmond’s eight children with ex-husband Brian Blosil. The pair divorced in 2007.) Based on reports from witnesses, police have determined that Michael committed suicide; the L.A. county coroner is waiting on toxicology reports before declaring a cause of death. In a statement on her website, Osmond, 50 — who suspended her five-nights-a-week show at Las Vegas’ Flamingo hotel until March 9 — told fans, ”My family and I are devastated and in deep shock by the tragic loss of our dear Michael.”

The heartbreaking turn caps a troubled few years for Michael, who entered rehab in 2007 for undisclosed reasons. At the time, his mother said simply that the 16-year-old was ”facing his issues.” Things seemed to be looking up just last year, when Osmond, who has talked candidly about her own battles with depression, proudly noted that Michael was finishing high school with a 3.9 GPA.

Now the entire Osmond clan, close-knit Mormon siblings who rose to fame in the ’60s as a singing group, is banding together to comfort Marie and her family. ”The Osmonds rally around each other and support each other,” Donny Osmond told reporters March 1 at an event celebrating their nephew David’s album release. ”And there’s a lot of that going on right now.” — Tanner Stransky


The Final Word: Brittany Murphy’s Death Caused by Pneumonia
The shocking passing of 32-year-old Brittany Murphy on Dec. 20 ignited speculation about the actress’ lifestyle, but the official autopsy released on Feb. 25 reveals that the 8 Mile star died of pneumonia complicated by iron-deficiency anemia and prescription medications. The examiner found no evidence of drug abuse and noted that Murphy, who was often criticized for her waifish figure, was ”slim but not excessively thin.” The actress’ family told investigators that Murphy had been complaining of abdominal pains and was scheduled to see a doctor only a few days after her death. — Adam Markovitz