The Australian singer was found dead in a Sydney hotel room on 22 November 1997. He was 37 years old.
A coroner ruled his death was suicide while the musician was depressed and under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Lyrics he is believed to have written on the night he died were found in the suite, revealing Hutchence’s inner turmoil:
“Wouldn’t be right to take it
Wouldn’t be right laying down
Sick of the dogs outside my window
That’s right take a look
New plan with a hook
Stuck into me
All the bitterness
Has started showing
Five years no one hears.”
Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar, which airs in a two-part special on the Seven Network in Australia later this month, provides a glimpse into the artist’s private world.
It charts his career, his relationships with women and his bandmates through interviews, never-before-seen photographs and footage.
During his life, Hutchence had a string of relationships with prominent actresses, models and singers, including Helena Christensen.
The documentary also includes an interview with a woman he dated for three years whom he broke up with for Kylie Minogue.
The star then got together with British TV presenter Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose in 2000, after the pair met on the set of her show The Big Breakfast.
The couple had a daughter together, Tiger Lily, and previously unreleased images in a trailer for the programme show Hutchence’s paternal side.
One photo shows him cradling his baby daughter while asleep on a bed, while in another he can be seen gently kissing her on her head.
She was just a year old when Hutchence died.
The impact of the rockstar’s loss of his sense of taste and smell after he was attacked by a taxi driver in Copenhagen in 1992 is also discussed.
“He changed and became far more aggressive,” bandmate Andrew Farriss says in the documentary.
INXS were one of the world’s biggest acts throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, fuelled by Hutchence’s charismatic performances, with the band having multiple hits around the world, including Need You Tonight, New Sensation and Never Tear Us Apart.
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