George Osmond, patriarch of singing family, dies


SALT LAKE CITY -- George Osmond, father of Donnie and Marie Osmond and patriarch to the family's singing group The Osmond Brothers, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Family spokesman Kevin Sasaki in Los Angeles said Osmond died at his Utah home. Because he had not been ill, he likely died from natural causes incident to his age, Sasaki said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Marie Osmond, a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" who fainted following a live performance two weeks ago, would appear on Tuesday night's results segment.

Osmond's manager, Karl Engemann, and ABC publicist Aime Wolfe didn't immediately return telephone and e-mail messages asking for comment.

The death was confirmed by the AP through a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Osmond was a member. Donny Osmond was in the "Entertainment Tonight" studio getting ready to tape a segment for the show when he learned of his father's death.

Marie Osmond performed Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars," with her brother in attendance. She's not the only "Dancing" contestant to have lost a parent this season: actress Jane Seymour missed a show earlier this month after the death of her mother, Mieke Frankenberg.

George Osmond married his wife, Olive on Dec. 1, 1944. She died in 2004. The couple were the parents of nine children, many of whom became singing stars. Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay Osmond first became famous as The Osmond Brothers, a barbershop quartet singing at Disneyland and on The Andy Williams Show.

Donny Osmond joined the group at age 6 and later hosted "The Donny and Marie Show" with his sister. The youngest son, Jimmy Osmond, is also a performer.