Michael was hooked up with rock chick Paula Yates. She was married to Stinky Sir Bob Geldof when she met Hutchence. They had an affair and Paula left Geldof for her new rock boyfriend. They had a child together, Tiger Lily, and were planning to be married. It never happened.
Special thanks to Adriana for going all the way to Sydney for the pictures we view here. Very kind of you to go all that way for Findadeath. Why don't more people go all the way for me?
Paula was in the midst of a nasty custody battle for her daughters with Bob Geldof. It was getting ugly. Michael went to Australia and was awaiting Paula's arrival for Christmas, if she won custody. It didn't look good. On his last night, Michael phoned Paula, and according to Paula, said, "I love you. I'm going to ring Bob and beg him to allow the children to come over here with you." Those were the last words he said to her.
INXS was about to start a major tour for the band's 20th Anniversary that would never happen. Michael was back in his native Sydney for rehearsals.
On Friday the 21st of November, 1997, Michael had his last dinner with his father, at the Flavour of India Restaurant.
Later that evening, Michael was out with his ex girlfriend Kym Wilson and her boyfriend Christopher Stollery.
They hung out in the bar of the Ritz Hotel where he was staying.
Around 11:30, they went upstairs to room 524 and continued the party.
This photograph may or may not be the interior of 524, but it is an image the hotel used to portray a room exactly like it.
They drank a lot, and the couple left the bar around 4 a.m. During that night, Michael supposedly called Geldof to scream abuse down the phone line. "Your f**king children hate you, man. I'm their father, little man. When are you going to realize that?"
Around 9 a.m., Hutchence phoned another ex, Michelle Bennett, to have breakfast. She wasn't there, so he left her a message. A while later, Michelle picked up the message and went to the Ritz, but there was no answer at Michael's door. She slipped a note under the door and left.
Around noon on Saturday, the maid came to clean the room - when she got no reply - she entered. Surprise. According to one source the place was supposedly littered with bottles of prescription drugs and booze. What is true is that Michael was found just inside the door, hanging from the spring lever. He was naked, and hanging by his leather belt. No suicide note. No suspicious circumstances. 4 hours later, Michael's body was taken by hearse, to the Coroner.
He wasn't quite 38 years old.
Paula arrived in Sydney about a day later.
The funeral was held St. Andrews Cathedral, in Sydney.
Paula was there, along with Tiger Lily. Other attendees were (supposedly) Diana Ross (bitch slap), Tom Jones, Helena Christiansen, Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue (another Hutchence ex). During the ceremony some twisted fan decided to really mess with people's heads. He's on the balcony looking down at the congregation, and announced, "This is how he did it, Paula. This is how he died." Then he jumped off the balcony, attached to a 4 foot black cord around a dog collar attached to his neck. Of course everyone screamed and got upset. Police got him and hauled him away to the hoo-hoo hotel.
1800 people attended, and instead of hymns, INXS songs were played. A single yellow tiger lily amid a blanket of blue irises adorned his coffin.
After the funeral, Michael's body was taken the Glebe Mortuary for cremation, and the next day, Paula flew back to Britain with 1/3 of his ashes.
She supposedly stitched his ashes into a small sequinned pillow. The other shares went to Michael's mother, and to his father. They are divorced. His father later spread his ashes in Sydney Harbor.
June 2012: There is a memorial for Michael in Sydney. Here it is. There is a portion of his cremains buried in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
The coroner officially ruled Hutchence's death a suicide. As I understand it, Michael was well known for having a voracious appetite for sex, as did Paula. There was no scene untapped and I sincerely believe that he died doing the auto-erotic asphyxiation. The coroner does not agree. Neither does the family, which is why I think that's why the coroner said that. The family was basically putting their fingers in their ears, singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" when it came to Michael's sex life making news. I figure they thought suicide was more dignified. As death at your own hands goes.
NEW MAY 2002 - Scott Stanton, author of the Tombstone Tourist, sent me Michael's official coroner report. From reading it, I can see why people object to the theory that Michael died in a sex game gone wrong. It's almost convinced me. Thanks Scott!
INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF MICHAEL KELLAND HUTCHENCE
Post script: Paula was way angry when she found out that Hutchence's will was settled without her approval. In the agreement, Paula was supposed to receive $400,000, and their daughter Tiger Lily got half of her father's $14 million fortune.
Michael's family got nasty with everything. I mean really really nasty. The father tried to get custody of Tiger, and actually claimed that Michael came to him as an apparition, and told him to get Tiger away from Paula. Don't get me started on the mother and stepsister. Assholes.
Paula died in September of 2000.
Bob Geldof was awarded custody of Tiger Lily.
December 15, 2001 Findadeath.com friend in Texas, Michelle - writes in: I'm sure this is a known
fact, but when Michael's solo album was released here in the states (I was the only person that bought
it) there was some touch up work done. Bono (GAG) added vocals to the track "Slide Away", which was a marginal hit here in
May 3, 2002: I was listening to an entertainment report on a morning radio show the other day. They said the people in charge of Michael's estate just finished paying off everything, and settling everything. At the end of the day, when he died he was worth a pittance of $50,000.00. I guess Tiger Lilly can use the cash for the legal costs to change her name. Thought you might like to know, love the
This just in, May 2003, from Findadeath friend Rod Miller:
HI, THE GUY WHO DISRUPTED MICHAEL HUTCHENCE'S FUNERAL IS FAMOUS HERE IN AUSTRALIA FOR DISRUPTING MANY PROMINENT EVENTS, FUNERALS, ETC. HE EVEN RAN ONTO CENTER COURT OF THE AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN INVOLVING ANDRE AGASSI WITH A VIDEO CAMERA, AND WAS HAULED OFF BY SECURITY. HE IS AN ATTENTION SEEKING LUNATIC NAMED PETER HORE(!) WHO SEEMS TO ELUDE AUSTRALIAN AUTHORITIES CONSTANTLY!
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Thanks for the info, Rod!