The Osmond family has had their share of grief over the past few years, but no one expected this to happen to their youngest member. But it did, and now they must contend with the knowledge that a beloved family member is in the hospital with a serious health problem.
A spokesperson for Jimmy Osmond, 55, confirmed “On the evening of Thursday December 27th 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.”
Jimmy, the youngest member of the famous Osmond family of performers has had his own career, often in the shadow of older siblings Donny and Marie Osmond. At the tender age of nine, Jimmy had a chart-topping single in the UK called ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.’
“He went on to have further UK hits with ‘Tweedle Dee’ and ‘I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door,’ as well as recording and performing with his older siblings.
“He has also starred in a string of stage musicals and pantos, and appeared on reality TV shows like ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!’ in 2005 and ‘Celebrity Masterchef’ in 2016.”
On the night of his stroke, Osmond was portraying the legendary Captain Hook in a Hippodrome pantomime performance of ‘Peter Pan’ where audiences he had been charming audiences for some time.
Costars were amazed to learn that he had suffered the stroke during the performance but managed to carry on until he had completed his scenes.
Spokesperson for Birmingham Hippodrome’s chief executive Fiona Allan spoke of Osmond’s illness: “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."