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The charismatic but deeply troubled singer for the Australian rock band INXS, Michael Hutchence led the group to international stardom in the late 1980s and 1990s before his tragic death in 1997. With his smoldering good looks and penchant for heart-rending love songs like "The One Thing" and "Need You Tonight," Hutchence embodied the Byronic rock star image to such an extent that he would play another doomed romantic, Percy Shelley, in 1990's "Frankenstein Unbound." But the group's popularity faltered shortly after they reached the apex of their career with their 1987 album Kick, and Hutchence himself would become embroiled in a nasty scandal involving an affair with U.K. television personality Paula Yates, the wife of Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been virtually sainted by the media for his creation of the Live Aid concerts. Hutchence, who had suffered from a host of medical and psychological issues following a severe head injury in the early '90s, soon fell into drugs and alcohol, which reportedly contributed to his death by suicide on the eve of INXS' 20th anniversary tour in 1997. His passing, as well as a posthumous solo effort released in 1999, was unfortunately overwhelmed in the...

The charismatic but deeply troubled singer for the Australian rock band INXS, Michael Hutchence led the group to international stardom in the late 1980s and 1990s before his tragic death in 1997. With his smoldering good looks and penchant for heart-rending love songs like "The One Thing" and "Need You Tonight," Hutchence embodied the Byronic rock star image to such an extent that he would play another doomed romantic, Percy Shelley, in 1990's "Frankenstein Unbound." But the group's popularity faltered shortly after they reached the apex of their career with their 1987 album Kick, and Hutchence himself would become embroiled in a nasty scandal involving an affair with U.K. television personality Paula Yates, the wife of Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been virtually sainted by the media for his creation of the Live Aid concerts. Hutchence, who had suffered from a host of medical and psychological issues following a severe head injury in the early '90s, soon fell into drugs and alcohol, which reportedly contributed to his death by suicide on the eve of INXS' 20th anniversary tour in 1997. His passing, as well as a posthumous solo effort released in 1999, was unfortunately overwhelmed in the media by a bitter legal battle between his family and Geldof for custody of his daughter by Yates. The turmoil also left an unfortunate mark on Hutchence's two decades as one of Australia's most popular musical figures.

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 Frankenstein Unbound (1990) Percy Shelley
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 Dogs in Space (1987) Sam/Band Member
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 1994 World Music Awards, The (1994) Presenter
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