Michael Hutchence shocked the world when he was found dead in a Sydney hotel room on Nov. 22, 1997. The 37-year-old INXS frontman was in the middle of a world tour when the Australian rock star was found by a hotel maid.
The coroner’s report would later rule the death a suicide — with police reporting that Michael “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.”
Now the tragic tale of the voice behind hits like “Need You Tonight,” “What You Need,” and “New Sensation” will be told in a feature-length documentary from Universal Music Group — with many of Michael’s pals contributing to the project!
The upcoming film — currently untitled — will be directed by Richard Lowenstein, who began making hit videos with INXS back in 1985.
“As one of Michael Hutchence’s closest friends,” said Richard, “and director of the majority of his and INXS’s multi award-winning music videos, concert films, and his only lead role in a dramatic feature film, I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years.”
The upcoming documentary is also meant to benefit Michael’s daughter Tiger Lily, who was only 16 months old when he died — and was only 4 years old when her mother, Paula Yates, accidentally overdosed on heroin in Sept. 2000.
After Michael’s death, it was revealed that his wealth was locked away in various trusts, with little left to be claimed by his daughter when she turned 18 years old in 2014. Chris Murphy, INXS’s longtime manager and Chairman of Petrol Records, said: “I am extremely proud that Michael’s film includes Tiger as a beneficiary.”