Extract from Paula Yates wikipedia entry.
On 22 November 1997, Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room in Sydney. Paula Yates wrote in her police statement that Michael Hutchence was “frightened and couldn’t stand a minute more without his baby”. During their phone conversations on the morning of his suicide he had said, “I don’t know how I’ll live without Tiger”. Yates also wrote that Bob Geldof had threatened them repeatedly with, “Don’t forget, I am above the law”.
Yates became distraught, refusing to accept the coroner‘s verdict of suicide. She eventually sought psychiatric treatment.
In June 1998, Bob Geldof won full custody of the couple’s three daughters after Yates attempted suicide. Michael Hutchence’s father, Kell Hutchence, “launched proceedings in Australia seeking sole custody of [Tiger Lily] after concerns over a new relationship Miss Yates began while being treated at a clinic for a nervous breakdown earlier this year.” She met Kingsley O’Keke, 26, during her stay but the pair broke up after a six-week romance. O’Keke later sold his story to a tabloid newspaper.
Yates’s dispute with the Hutchence family over Michael’s estate saw her struggling to bring up her daughter.
While Yates was fighting for custody of Tiger, it was reported in the media that Jess Yates had not been Yates’s natural father. A paternity test proved that the talent show host Hughie Green, who died six months before Hutchence, had in fact been her natural father.
TAP – The last person who told everyone he was above the law was Jimmy Savile. Is he another SMOM and so on?
On 17 September 2000, her daughter Pixie’s 10th birthday, Yates, 41, was found dead at her home in London of a heroin overdose. The coroner ruled that it was not a suicide, but a result of “foolish and incautious” behaviour.
Soon after her death, ex-husband Bob Geldof assumed foster custody of Tiger Lily with the willing consent of Hutchence’s parents, so that she could be raised with her three older half-sisters, Fifi, Peachesand Pixie. Her aunt, Tina Hutchence, the sister of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, was denied permission by the judge to apply for Tiger Lily to live with her in California.
In 2007, Geldof applied to a British court for and was granted formal adoption of Tiger Lily and a change of her surname to Geldof, despite opposition from Hutchence’s mother and sister. Since January 2008 her legal full name has been Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof. (the little one)
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