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Mother of Osmond performers dies
Olive Osmond (c) with children Donny and Marie
Olive Osmond leaves nine children
Olive Osmond, mother of The Osmonds performing musical family, has died in the US at the age of 79.

She died of complications from a massive stroke she suffered over two years ago, a family spokesman said.

Many of her children were at her bedside when she died on Sunday in Provo, Utah.

Olive Osmond was the matriarch of a musical dynasty that included the Osmond brothers, Donny and Marie, and "Little" Jimmy Osmond.

The Osmonds achieved 34 gold and platinum records during the 1960s and 1970s.

The Osmond family
Osmond family members had 16 UK top 10 hits

She leaves her husband, George, nine children, 55 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

A saxophonist herself, she passed on her love of music to her children.

Her first two sons, Virl and Tom, developed degenerative hearing loss that affected their speech.

The next four - Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay - had no signs of hearing loss and began singing close four-part harmonies as children.

As the Osmond Brothers, they had a string of hits and were later joined by Donny, Marie and Jimmy Osmond.

The family toured internationally and made numerous recordings and TV appearances, becoming one of the 1970s' biggest pop acts.

From 1976 to 1979, Donny and Marie Osmond hosted the TV programme The Donny and Marie Show, which their older brothers helped produce.

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