Donny Osmond Pays Tribute to His Late Friend Who's Been 'like Family' to Him
Donny and Marie Osmond shared the loss of their longtime friend and style guru who passed away on Sunday after he suffered a “very serious health event.”
Kim Goodwin served as the pair’s hair and makeup artist for years and became “like family” to the Osmonds.
On Monday, Donny posted an update on social media about Kim, who initially got hospitalized on January 19, to share that he had passed. “I am heartbroken to inform you that my friend Kim Goodwin passed away on Sunday afternoon,” Donny wrote.
The retired entertainer shared that even though his close friend became bedridden, he still “laughed and joked” about memories of times gone by.
Their late friend did both his and Marie’s makeup and hair, along with all their publicity shots for many years, while Donny added how their whole team would miss their “unbelievably talented” friend dearly.
When first hospitalized, Marie kept fans updated on his condition and asked for prayers that he would make a full recovery:
Please pray for my Kimmy who was admitted to ICU tonight. 🙏🏼♥️ pic.twitter.com/amLFXsU30y— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) January 21, 2019
On February 5, Marie posted an update with smiles all around as Kim’s first surgery “went well” ahead of his quintuple bypass.
Kimmy wanted me to post this for all of you. He says, “Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes! First surgery went well, waiting for quintuple bypass.” ♥️🙏 pic.twitter.com/GqMOISDraO— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) February 5, 2019
However, shortly before Kim’s death on April 12, Marie shared a touching update of how her dear friend reconnected with “the love of his life” and announced that they were getting married that evening:
You’ll never believe this but through all the pain and hardship Kimmy reunited with the love of his life from high school and they’re getting MARRIED tonight!!!! What a wild amazing love story I’m so happy for you Kimmy and I’m so glad you found your true love ❤️🤵🏻👰🏼 pic.twitter.com/ho964iKrnA— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) April 13, 2019
When Marie shared the news of Kim’s passing on social media, she found solace in the fact that her best friend left this world “knowing he was loved,” and added:
“It was so joyful for me to see him have experienced so much love in his final days. I miss you so much already my Kimchi but know you’re surrounded in God’s love! My dearest friend.”
During the time Kim spent in the hospital, Donny and Marie made a big announcement much to the dismay of their fans.
Donny posted the news on Twitter on March 21. “IT'S OFFICIAL!” he began the post, “@marieosmond & I will conclude our #LasVegas residency @FlamingoVegas. We never expected our 6-week run to turn into 11 years, but we're so glad that it did.,” Donny concluded the post.
IT'S OFFICIAL! At the end of 2019, @marieosmond & I will conclude our #LasVegas residency @FlamingoVegas. We never expected our 6-week run to turn into 11 years, but we're so glad that it did.🕺🏻💃🏻@GMA #DonnyandMarie— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) March 21, 2019
Sharing more thoughts on Instagram👉🏻https://t.co/FiypV39c7S pic.twitter.com/GQ6PQdYEJf
The brother and sister duo’s residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino will come to an end on November 16 after which they will continue to pursue individual projects.
Sadly, with the death of Kim and the announcement of the end of their Vegas run, the chapter on a much-loved era will come to a close, and some speculated that a family feud caused the residency to end.
This week my brother Donny and I made it official: we will be taking our final bow this November at @flamingovegas.— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) March 24, 2019
Read more in this special #SundayMessage tribute to my work family, my brother & all of you! 🥰
👉 https://t.co/9I2wn4LtNT pic.twitter.com/jdMAx3Y30v
However, Donny and Marie were quick to set the record straight as they answered some questions regarding the decisions they made about their future careers.