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    Hunting through bins for dregs of cocaine with fingers covered in cigarette burns that went down to the bone: Detectives reveal final desperate hours of Michael Hutchence before star hanged himself


    • Inspectors describe state of singer's room at harbourside Ritz-Carlton hotel
    • Was 'hell-bent on self-destruction' with cigarette burn deep to the bone
    • Had recently faced custody battle over daughter with Paula Yates, Tiger Lily

    By RICHARD SHEARS
    PUBLISHED: 08:51, 16 February 2014 | UPDATED: 20:07, 16 February 2014



    The final drug and alcohol-fuelled hours of rock star Michael Hutchence, found hanged in his Sydney hotel room 16 years ago, were revealed today by the two detectives who led the investigation into his shock death.
    Before he hanged himself with a belt attached to the door of his luxury hotel room on November 22, 1997, Hutchence - the father of Paula Yates' child - penned his final lyrics, it has been revealed.
    Former detective inspectors Mark Smith and Michael Gerondis have told for the first time the scene inside the singer's room at the harbourside Ritz-Carlton hotel, where Princess Diana once stayed, which showed his depressed state of mind.



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    Battle: The detectives tell how the singer, pictured left with Paula Yates and their daughter Tiger Lily, was pushed to a state of self-destruction during a bitter custody battle with between Yates and Bob Geldof, right



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    Traumatic: Paula Yates, they claim, drank a bottle of vodka when she arrived at the Ritz-Carlton after he died

    The detectives have told of finding evidence of a man hell-bent on self-destruction, his fingers dark with nicotine stains and an old cigarette burn so deep that it exposed the bone.
    'The cigarette went right through his fingers and it was sort of infected,' Mr Gerondis told Sydney's Sunday Telegraph.
    Coroner Derrick Hand found later that Hutchence had committed suicide in a depressed state of mind while affected by drugs, a mind that was affected by a battle over custody of Miss Yates' children which was being opposed by her former husband, singer Bob Geldolf.
    The custody battle meant that Hutchence's own daughter with Yates, 16-month-old Tiger Lily, could not come to Australia from London to visit him for the upcoming 1997 Christmas.
    The two police offiers told the paper that there were signs of a desperate attempt to score drugs. And when that failed, the singer had rifled through the same rubbish bin - where the lyrics of his final song were found - in a search for any last dregs of cocaine.




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    Family: Paula Yates, Michael Hutchence and their daughter, Tiger Lily (left). He remained close to Miss Yates and her other daughters, Pixie and Peaches (right), over the years ahead of the international custody fight





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    Hell-bent on self-destruction: Michael Hutchence hunted for cocaine in the bin before penning his final lyrics then took his life on November 22, 1997. He left nothing in his will for the family he fought with

    'He was trying to get some cocaine but he did not get it so he was going through the remnants of the bin,' Mr Gerondis told the paper.
    The police officers found the bath filled with water, leading them to believe that he had been preparing to have a bath - before he went ahead and hanged himself with a belt.
    It was at 11.50am the next morning that a maid who tried to enter the room found the singer's body.
    'The maid could not get in because he was behind the door and as she pushed the door the belt snapped and he fell down. Poor maid,' said Mr Gerondis.
    Miss Yates never accepted the coroner's verdict that Hutchence had committed suicide, insisting that he had died accidentally in an auto-erotic personal sex game.
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    Discovered: The maid found the singer's body at 11.50am. She pushed the door and he fell from behind it

    Such was her determination to make her point about the sex game to police that when she rushed to Australia and met the detectives in a posh Double Bay restaurant, near the hotel, she shouted at them while giving graphic details of the sex games she and Hutchence played with each other.
    'He would strangle me during sex' she told the detectives.
    'She was shouting at us, everyone was listening in, and I thought "How embarrassing is this?",' Mr Gerondis told the newspaper.
    His colleague, former inspector Smith, said nothing would convince Miss Yates that he had taken his own life.
    'She was just adamant that she wanted her child growing up believing that it was an accidental death by auto-eroticism, instead of the fact that he killed himself because he wanted to see his child.'
    The two police officers said the were convinced that it was a fight with Geldolf on the phone after actress Kym Wilson and her boyfriend Andrew Rayment had left Hutchence's room, that had resulted in him plunging into depression.
    Mr Gerondis said that the argument with Geldolf and the involvement of drugs meant that nothing was working for him that night. He rang his agent and said: 'I've had enough.'
    Miss Yates, he said, went 'berserk' on her arrival in Sydney following the death, drinking a bottle of vodka at a luxury harbourside apartment block she had checked into.
    'It was a circus getting her in and out,' said Mr Gerondis. 'We could not talk to her for a while because she was so upset.

    'We took her out to the airport when she left and she left the child in the VIP lounge - I had to carry her out to the plane.'
    The singer's family began pressuring police to hand over his personal items that had been collected from the hotel room, including the partially-written song.
    But all those items went to the executor of Hutchence's will, Hong Kong accountant Colin Diamond and it is unknown what happened to the song.

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    Band: The INXS frontman, here with the band, is believed to have scraped through a bin in search of cocaine during his final hours before penning his last lyrics. It is not know what happened to that song

    Huthence's family, including his late mother Patricia Glassop and his father, Kel - divorced from the singer's mother - received no money from his estate.
    In an exclusive interview with the Mail in the months before her death, Mrs Glassop said in her Gold Coast apartment - where her son's gold records were on display - that she would continue grieving for him until she passed away.
    'I received nothing from Michael. It was all grabbed by others. It was a disgrace, the whole thing, a total disgrace,' she said.
    The singer's death was not the end of a tragic saga. In 2000 Miss yates died of a heroin overdose in London, leaving Bob Geldolf custody of Tiger Lily.
    'Bob Geldolf fought hard to prevent me seeing Tiger Lily,' said Mrs Glassop. 'She came out for a visit and it was the most wonderful of moments, but he didn't want her to stay long with me.
    'He didn't like Michael and so he put up all the barriers to prevent me, Michael's mother, getting any pleasure out of a visit from my granddaughter,' she told the Mail.
    'I will probably never see her again.
    She was right. She died in September, 2010 at the age of 84.


    Read more: Hunting through bins for dregs of cocaine and cigarette burns down to the bone: Michael Hutchence detectives reveal desperate, destructive final hours before rock star hanged himself | Mail Online


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    I cant understand why Michaels mother was not allowed to see her own grand child. Geldof was a guardian not a blood related parent. I despise him for this. Protecting her from what? Love? Fuck off.
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    Quel coincidence. There's just been a TV biopic about INXS here ("Never Tear Us Apart"). It was quite good but Michael's death was really skimmed over despite promises that we would be told "the truth". If you didn't know about the belt and the suicide/accident scenario you wouldn't have a clue. They just showed the TV news "Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel today". I don't know what happened - nobody does - but the coroner said Suicide so that's what it was.
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    I remember it being said that everyone was saying it was an accidental death by auto eroticism. Paula Yates said it was suicide brought on by the stress and pressure of Hutchence possibly losing custody of his daughter to Geldof.

    What did ever happen to Tiger Lily? I haven't heard of her since all this happened. I know Geldof had custody, although, I'm not sure why since Hutchence and Yates both had family members still alive to possibly take the child in. Why didn't Hutchence mother take her?

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    ^^ His mother would have been in her early 70s when Paula died. That and Geldolf was raising her siblings so why not keep them all together if he was willing to take Tiger Lily as well?


    Also a flight to Australia would be pretty long for a young child imo Grandma should have flown over to England if she missed the child so much.
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    This is her now. I feel old.

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    She's beautiful. Their mouths are the exact same shape.

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    Paula Yates was still alive when MH died and there was no question of Geldof getting custody of Tiger Lily until PY died of an overdose leaving Tiger an orphan. I think it was very good of Geldof to take her in as he isn't a blood relation and had no legal obligation at all. The aggro before MH died was Geldof telling PY she couldn't take their 3 girls + Tiger to Oz for Christmas holidays because he was paranoid they wouldn't go home again afterwards. None of the "adults" in this sorry saga were/are exactly well balanced.
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    Oh, Michael. He was so beautiful. I remember hearing about his downward spiral into drugs after he was hit by a car (or something). He lost his sense of smell and taste. I think Helena Christensen was with him. Maybe I'm totally confused, but I think that's what I heard or read.

    Anyway, I think it was a good thing for Tiger to be raised with her sisters. I think it's more important for her to become close to her sisters because (hopefully) they will be around and be her support system as she grows older. I always thought that the grandparents were able to see her and that Geldof didn't try to keep them away from her?

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    Funny, I always thought it had been determined that he was whacking off and the noose got away from him.

    My old hairdresser had to do his hair once. She said he tried to get her to score some heroin for him. Apparently he used some slang that she had never heard before and had to ask another hairdresser what it meant. She freaked out and made someone else finish with him.

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    My friend was a bass player in Sydney at the time of MH's death and he said the rumours circulating were that Geldof was trying to stop the trip because he knew Michael and Paula were both using heroin and coke.

    I've always found the 'custody battle' excuse a little melodramatic. What's the big deal cancelling a christmas lunch? It's just one day out of thousands that they'll live through... anywho...
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    He suffered a head injury when he fell after a drink/drug fuelled fight with a cab driver in Copenhagen. Band mates say that apart from the loss of smell/taste he was a different person afterwards. It was always going to end in tears. I'm sure he and Paula were doing lotsa drugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    He suffered a head injury when he fell after a drink/drug fuelled fight with a cab driver in Copenhagen. Band mates say that apart from the loss of smell/taste he was a different person afterwards. It was always going to end in tears. I'm sure he and Paula were doing lotsa drugs.
    Ok. That makes more sense. Was he with Paula?

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    No, Helena C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Quel coincidence. There's just been a TV biopic about INXS here ("Never Tear Us Apart"). It was quite good but Michael's death was really skimmed over despite promises that we would be told "the truth". If you didn't know about the belt and the suicide/accident scenario you wouldn't have a clue. They just showed the TV news "Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel today". I don't know what happened - nobody does - but the coroner said Suicide so that's what it was.
    Very coincidence. Such shock. /doge out.

    Yeah, my impression was that the TV series avoided it because some of Michael's friends and family don't accept the coroner's verdict that it was suicide. Accidental misadventure is, for some reason, more palatable. Death by wanking or death by desperation? It's not easy.

    The second episode was so boring. First was OK. Much mullets. The guys they had to "play"/impersonate Bono and Molly Meldrum were excruciatingly bad! They also seriously skimmed over the drugs. Many shots of bongs and lines of coke, but not a hint of needles or heroin.... which stretches the truth I'd say.

    Geldof might have been a stubborn prick over the custody issues and refusing to let the children visit Australia, but he had some grounds to be concerned about Yates/Hutchences' drug use. Mind you, he was no angel himself so.... fuck 'em all!
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