DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Michael Hutchence (aged 37)
Musician and actor (INXS)
Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician and actor who co-founded the rock band INXS, which sold over 55 million records worldwide and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. Hutchence was the lead singer and lyricist of INXS from 1977 until his death. According to rock-music historian Ian McFarlane, “Hutchence was the archetypal rock showman. He exuded an overtly sexual, macho cool with his flowing locks, and lithe and exuberant stage movements.” Hutchence won the ‘Best International Artist’ at the 1991 BRIT Awards, with INXS winning the related group award.
DEATH: At 9:54 AM on 22 November, Hutchence spoke with a former girlfriend, Michèle Bennett; according to Bennett, Hutchence was crying, sounded upset, and told her he needed to see her. Bennett arrived at his hotel room door at about 10:40 AM, but there was no response. Hutchence’s body was discovered by a hotel maid at 11:50 AM. Police reported that Hutchence was found “in a kneeling position facing the door. He had used his snakeskin belt to tie a knot on the automatic door closure at the top of the door, and had strained his head forward into the loop so hard that the buckle had broken.