‘His personality changed’: Michael Hutchence’s sister on his traumatic brain injury

Everything about Michael looked different, his sister thought. He was paler, duller in the eyes, more slumped in the shoulders. Even his Byronic curls seemed to have lost their bounce. It brought to mind the Emily Dickinson poem After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes:

The Feet, mechanical, go round –
A Wooden way
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone –

It was 1996, the day before Tina Hutchence’s wedding. Earlier, in a fax to her, he’d explained the “unmitigated hell” he was going through, “with the press, the police, a fire, four burglaries, litigation … we have seven or eight writs on our hands”. Two months later, a police raid would find drugs in the house he shared with Paula Yates.

The story of Michael’s final years under siege from the paparazzi has been well documented. Tina was moved to write

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