A combination of factors may have contributed to the death of Michael Hutchence
A combination of excessive alcohol consumption, lack of sleep and an unidentified brain injury may have contributed to the death of Michael Hutchence.
Australian rock legend committed suicide at his hotel in the Ritz Carlton in Sydney on November 22, 1997.
New revelations from a documentary devised to him by friend and director Richard Lowenstein suggest that Hutchence developed after being attacked on a night out and possibly triggered his depression.
In 1992 Hutchence was beaten by a taxi driver during a late pizza run in Copenhagen.
Details of the one-punch attack were revealed by his former partner, supermodel Helena Christensen for the documentary by Lowenstein, Mystify: Michael Hutchence.
Lowenstein learned that during the attack Hutchence suffered brain damage to his frontal lobe, which immediately increased his sensitivity to depressive thoughts and impulsive actions.
He was attacked on a night out in Copenhagen, which caused considerable brain damage. He then cursed friend Helena Christensen (shown together) to secrecy
A combination of excessive alcohol consumption, lack of sleep and an unidentified brain injury may have contributed to the death of Michael Hutchence
He gained access to the autopsy – previously seen only by family – and immediately recognized a factor that others would not have picked up.
& # 39; There were things in the autopsy – a huge amount of alcohol in the blood that gives him a high risk of suicide, there is a complete lack of sleep – he had not slept for more than 36 hours and he had a old frontal lobe bruise his brain.
& # 39; Those three things are a perfect storm for suicide, he was an extremely high risk. So the neurologist and suicide specialist said you could close the book about this. & # 39;
Because of the attack, Hutchence lost his sense of taste and smell, but he vowed to Mrs. Christensen that the details of the attack were kept secret.
Mrs. Christensen opened the history of Hutchence for the first time since his death for the documentary, just like his ex-girlfriend Kylie Minogue.
Details of the one-punch attack were revealed by his former partner supermodel Helena Christensen (pictured left with Hutchence) in a documentary about the life of the INXS frontman, Mystify: Michael Hutchence
For the first time, Christensen shared her memories of the events and how they contributed to his eventual demise.
The sensory disturbance meant that Hutchence was exaggerating, & # 39; drinking wine by the bottle because it wasn't for him & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I know that he has increased the volume of all his sensory experiences. When you lose your taste and smell, it is common to do so. The enjoyment of normal things has disappeared, you increase it, & Christensen said.
& # 39; But I could see he was very distracted, it was not only troubled, synapses went wrong. He repeated conversations. I have not sat there thinking that this is a rock star who uses too many drugs. I knew something serious was going on. & # 39;
The shocking brain injury that changed the personality of Michael Hutchence and aroused his downward spiral may also have contributed to his death (pictured: Hutchence in Germany in 1990)
Mrs. Christensen detailed the moment when she witnessed the taxi driver yelling at Hutchence before he got out of his car and hit him, ABC reported.
The blow was so powerful that it pushed the singer back and he fell and hid his head on the curb. He remained unconscious in the middle of the street for a while.
& # 39; He was unconscious and blood came from his mouth and ear & # 39 ;, Christensen recalled in the documentary.
The supermodel hurried Hutchence to the hospital, but confessed she didn't think he would survive the night.
And she said some of him didn't.
More than 20 years since his suicide by the star, a crucial detail that led to the fall of Australian rock legend has only just come to light (depicted with Kylie Minoque in 1992)
Australian director Richard Lowenstein (photo) said that even the band members did not know the full extent of the Hutchence injury until they saw the documentary completely
When he woke up, Christensen said Hutchence was a different man.
& # 39; This dark, very angry side came to him, & # 39; she said.
His personality changed from & # 39; joyful, sweet, deep and emotional & # 39; to & # 39; dark and very angry & # 39; in the days, weeks and months after the accident – and he forbade her to trust others.
In the week and a half that he was staying at the Danish hospital, he was aggressive and would send doctors and nurses away, insisting that it was fine to go home.
In the following month he spent the entire time in the super model apartment and refused to eat and vomit blood.
Christensen says that five years later the incident contributed to Michael & # 39; s depression and eventual suicide in a hotel room in Sydney (shown in London in 1990)
The couple then traveled to Paris, where they visited a specialist who confirmed that Hutchence's sensory interest in food and drink had been erased during the attack.
He has also suffered multiple brain bruises and started taking medication to resolve the pain caused by the injury.
& # 39; She didn't even tell her parents for 20 years, so her interview was very revealing. And then the coroner's report was even more revealing – of what he was hiding, & Lowenstein told ABC Everything about quitting.
The director said that even the band members did not fully know the damage of the Hutchence until they saw the documentary completely.
Mystify is more than 90 minutes of editing from the life of rock legend, with footage from old interviews, outtakes and home videos that Hutchence had made himself.
Mrs Christensen opened for the first time since his death for the documentary (shown together) about Hutchence experience
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