Sex, drugs and wretched souls: the truth about Michael Hutchence
New film recasts the INXS star as anything but debauched, and dispels the orgies and drugs and rock star clichés
The story of Michael Hutchence is one of the saddest in rock’n’roll. In his 1980s glory days, as the frontman of slick guitar band INXS, he was the golden boy of Australian rock: a sexy, charming performer who conducted wild romances with some of the world’s most desirable women, including Kylie Minogue and supermodel Helena Christensen.
But over the next decade, everything fell apart: the band nosedived into obscurity and Hutchence became embroiled in a soap-operatic affair with the British TV celebrity – and wife of Bob Geldof – Paula Yates, with whom he had a child.
On November 22 1997, ahead of an INXS tour of Australia, Hutchence was found dead in his Sydney hotel room. The coroner’s verdict was that he had hanged himself while suffering from depression and under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, Prozac and other prescription drugs. He was 37. Yates died of a heroin overdose three years later...