November 22 [2:10 EDT] -- Singer Michael Hutchence, frontman for the Australian band INXS, was found dead in a luxury hotel room near Sydney on Saturday morning. Initial reports conflicted. Some said the singer had hung himself. Others said that he died of a drug overdose. Police said they confiscated a belt from the room. He was 37 years old.
Formed in 1977, INXS was a major commercial, if not critical, success in the eighties, with such hits as "New Sensation," Devil Inside" and "What You Need."
The band's popularity waned in the nineties, and earlier this year, an album called "Elegantly Wasted," the group's first release in four years, came and went with little notice taken.
Hutchence -- who lived in London and who had been arrested there last spring on an opium-possession charge, later dismissed -- had returned to Sydney on Wednesday to rehearse with the rest of INXS for a planned 20th-anniversary tour of Australia -- and for a charity concert that had been
scheduled to take place this coming Monday.
Michael Hutchence left behind a 15-month-old daughter by his girlfriend, Paula Yates.
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