INXS star Michael Hutchence was left with personality-altering brain injuries after a one-punch street attack five years before his shocking death.
The Aussie singer was found hanged in his Sydney hotel room in 1997 amid unproven claims he’d died during a sex game gone wrong.
INXS frontman Michael Hutchence was found hanged in his Sydney hotel room in 1997[/caption]
Helena Christensen has revealed he suffered brain injuries in a vicious street attack[/caption]
Now a documentary – called Mystify: Michael Hutchence – reveals how he never fully recovered from a vicious attack in Copenhagen.
In the film, to be released on October 18, former girlfriend Helena Christensen tells how the rocker suffered devastating brain injuries in the 1992 attack.
Helena, who was in a relationship with the singer from 1991 to 1995, claims the assault led to his tragic downward spiral into depression.
The Danish supermodel reveals: “We were riding home on our bikes and we stopped to get pizza. He was … in the middle of a tiny, narrow road and was eating his pizza.
“This insane taxi driver yelled at Michael to move. He got out of his car and punched him.
“Michael fell backwards and hit (his head on) the kerb. He was unconscious and there was blood coming out of his mouth and ear. I thought he was dead.”
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With blood coming out of his ears, Hutchence went to the hospital, but insisted on leaving without proper treatment.
Instead, he went back to Christensen’s apartment, where he hid away, barely eating. vomiting blood and lashing out at her, the documentary claims.
“This dark, very angry side came out in him,” Helena said.
Finally, Hutchence sought proper medical attention and discovered that he had suffered brain damage that caused him to permanently lose his senses of smell and taste.
While the star kept his brain damage a secret, the documentary – directed by INXS music-video director Richard Lowenstein – depicts how he was never the same again.
“Helena had never spoken about that accident,” Lowenstein said after the premier screening.
Supermodel Helena was in a relationship with the singer from 1991 to 1995[/caption]
Hutchence also dated fellow Aussie star Kylie Minogue[/caption]
“It’s never been really looked at in how profound that was in changing Michael’s life and what happened at the end.
“She kept quiet for very personal reasons…It was kind of amazing to get that firsthand account of it.”
The film features interviews and footage with Hutchence’s friend Bono and another famous ex Kylie Minogue.
It also shows how his relationship with the late British TV personality Paula Yates took a toll on him because of an ugly custody battle she had with her ex Bob Geldof.
On the morning of November 22, 1997, Michael, aged 37, was found dead in Room 524 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Double Bay, Sydney.
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Actress Kym Wilson was the last person to see him alive, after partying with him in his hotel room prior to his death.
At 9.54am that day Michael spoke with a former girlfriend, Michèle Bennett who said he was crying, sounded upset, and told her he needed to see her.
She arrived at his hotel room door at about 10.40am, but there was no response. Michael’s body was discovered by a hotel maid at 11:50 AM.
Police reported that Michael was found “in a kneeling position facing the door”.
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There has been much speculation about exactly how the chart-topping rock star how died.
The coroner ruled his death was suicide while depressed and under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
However his partner Paula Yates claimed a year before her own death her lover likely died accidentally while choking himself for sexual pleasure – this has never been proven.
Paula Yates claimed her lover likely died accidentally while choking himself for sexual pleasure[/caption]
Kylie (centre) at Hutchence’s funeral in Sydney[/caption]