Michael Hutchence’s sister said she was “upset” after learning of the INXS singer’s brain injury from his ex-girlfriend, Helena Christensen.
Hutchence died in 1997, and a coroner ruled that she died by suicide under the influence of alcohol and drugs. After his death, it emerged that Hutchence had suffered brain damage after being attacked by a taxi driver in Denmark in 1995.
This was published in 2019 in a documentary by Richard Lowenstein, who obtained a full autopsy report on her death and met Christensen. Lowenstein then reported that Hutchence asked Christensen to keep the brain injury a secret from his family and the rest of the world.
Discussing the revelation in an interview with The Sun On Sunday, Hutchence’s sister Tina said: “I know Michael was very happy with Helena and there was a time when I couldn’t imagine them not being together.
“But I was angry when I found out about the attack, because I felt it was her duty to say something to her family.”
He added: “There were all these horrible stories about Michael after he died, so it wasn’t wrong for Helena to tell us about the head injury. She was very close to our parents and could have there easily.”
On the other hand, Jon Farriss of INXS recently revealed that when they decided to continue as a band after the departure of the first replacement Hutchence, they planned to do so with a woman behind the microphone.
The revelation came in a special two-part episode of the LiSTNR show. behind Hits, which dropped last Friday (November 18) and featured interviews with former INXS members Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Jon Stevens (who was Hutchence’s frontman from 2000-2003), as well as former members Jimmy Barnes and Suze DeMarchi.
During her interview, DeMarchi – frontman of contemporary Australian rockers Baby Animals – confirmed decades-old rumors that she had been formally invited to join INXS as a permanent singer after Stevens left the band in 2003; He already played with them once in 2000, sharing the microphone with Stevens at one concert in December.
In his new memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, Bono also reveals that he ended his friendship with Hutchence over the late singer’s drug use.