Jimmy Osmond told an insider about his grueling career just one day before suffering a stroke while appearing in a pantomime production in Birmingham, England.
According to the Sunday Mirror, a source said Jimmy, 55, who was playing Captain Hook in the stage version of Peter Pan, "said it was the biggest and best panto he'd ever done but also the hardest he'd ever worked."
Also, an unpublished interview has surfaced in which Jimmy, the younger brother of Donny and Marie and part of the family showbiz dynasty, admitted barely taking a break from work since he was 3 years old.
As RadarOnline.com reported, Jimmy was hospitalized after suffering a stroke after his performance as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday, December 27.
The health emergency occurred just weeks after Jimmy's nephew, Troy Osmond, suddenly passed away in his parents' Georgia home, Radar reported.
Incredibly trouper Jimmy, a father of four, had managed to finish the Peter Pan show before being rushed to the hospital.
The Sunday Mirror reported that sources have said Donny, 61, and Marie, 59, have been unable to travel from the United States to England to see him -- but are in constant contact.
In his recent interview, Jimmy reportedly told a reporter about his fierce work ethic, "I grew up doing this."
He said he takes any job offered out of fear his career could come to an end.
Jimmy has appeared on British panel shows and I'm A Celebrity.
"For me, I thought showbiz would never last," he explained.
"When I stopped performing with my brothers I was amazed there was an opportunity for just me – there was – I'm just so humbled and grateful that there is!
"I produce a lot, I don't need to be the star of everything. It blows my mind that I find myself in this position.
"When I put together one last arena tour for my brothers, I thought 'that's it for me' – but then all of these amazing offers kept coming and I said ' Yes' to all of them.
"I was the one who did the jobs they didn't want to do."
He added while promoting Peter Pan, "Parts are falling off now so I'm a bit more cautious, but you know it blows my mind that I'm 55 years old and I haven't stopped since I was three."
Little did he know that a stroke would soon stall him just two days after Christmas.
It wasn't the first stroke the actor has suffered. In 2009, Jimmy recalled having a stroke at the age of 40, which blindsided him. He learned then that he had been living with a hole in his heart since birth.
At the time of his stroke, as Radar reported earlier this year, Jimmy revealed that the famous siblings barely speak.
He said the Osmond family "doesn't get together anymore like we used to."
On November 9, Jimmy's nephew, Troy, was found dead in his mother Mary Osmond's Georgia home.
Troy, who encountered substance abuse issues throughout his life, was discovered motionless in his bed.
But Jimmy seems to be recovering well from his stroke.
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