Michael Hutchence

Australian singer (1960–1997)

Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian recording artist and actor. He was best known as being one of the founding members and lead singer of the rock band INXS.

Michael Hutchence
Hutchence in 1986
Background information
Birth nameMichael Kelland John Hutchence
Born(1960-01-22)22 January 1960
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, U.S.
Died22 November 1997(1997-11-22) (aged 37)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresRock, Alternative rock, New Wave
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, actor
Years active1977–97

Hutchence was also the lead singer for the band Max Q and acted in the movies Frankenstein Unbound and Dogs in Space.

In 1992, Hutchence was punched by a taxi driver in Copenhagen, knocking him to the ground. This caused Hutchence brain damage and depression.

In July 1996, Paula Yates gave birth to their daughter.

Hutchence was found dead by a hotel maid in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Double Bay, Sydney on 22 November 1997. He committed suicide by hanging himself with his snake skin belt.[1] Hutchence had been a drug user and was using drugs just before his death.


  1. Hand, Derrick; Fife-Yeomans, Janet (2008) [2004]. The Coroner: Investigating Sudden Death. Sydney, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-0-7333-2221-1.

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