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Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of the band INXS, a popular rock group in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Later that decade, Hutchence found himself in the headlines for his personal life. Once romantically linked to model Helena Christensen and singer Kylie Minogue, he started a relationship with a married woman, Paula Yates, a British talk show host. She was married to Sir Bob Geldof,
a very popular performer and social activist. Hutchence was labeled the other man in the couple's breakup and was the subject of intense media scrutiny. Yates and Geldof engaged in a very bitter divorce and custody battle over their three daughters. Hutchence is said to have suffered greatly under the stress of the situation.
One bright spot for Hutchence was the arrival of his daughter. He and Yates welcomed Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence on July 22, 1996. Sadly, Hutchence would only spend more than a year with his daughter before his own tragic end.
At the age of 37, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney on November 22, 1997. There have been contradictory reports regarding his death and state of mind at the time. Some indicated that he was in despair over his personal life while others stated that he was not suicidal and would not have killed himself. In any case, Hutchence died from suffocation by hanging. His daughter was orphaned in 2000 after Paula Yates died of a drug overdose. Known as Tiger Lily, his daughter has since been raised by Bob Geldof along with her three half-sisters. In 2007, there were reports that Geldof intended to officially adopt Tiger Lily.
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