Helena Christensen reveals why Michael Hutchence died

'He was never the same'

Supermodel Helena Christensen has broken her decades long silence about the downward spiral of her former lover, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, before his tragic death in 1997.

The Danish catwalk queen – who was in a relationship with the star for five years in the early 1990s – revealed she witnessed Hutchence change completely after he was punched by a taxi driver on a night out in Copenhagen in 1992.

The singer hit his head on a kerb and was left with a brain injury which caused him to lose his sense of smell and altered his entire personality.

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Christensen, now 50, opened up in the new documentary film Mystify which chronicles the behavioural changes of Hutchence after the altercation, Daily Mail reports.

Recalling the night of the incident, Christensen said she believed her boyfriend was dead as he lay unconscious on the pavement with blood coming out of his ears and mouth.

When he was revived at the hospital, he became “aggressive” and admitted that when she cared for him in the months afterward “he almost got violent”.

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Christensen and Hutchence at the Jean Paul Gaultier after party in the early 1990s (Credit: Getty Images)

The stunning model – who was part of “The Magnificent Seven” along with Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Elle MacPherson – ended their relationship in 1995 when she reached breaking point with Hutchence’s mood swings.

“Something drastic happened. I was deeply sad, confused and bewildered, but at the same time it couldn’t have continued that way,” she said.

Heartbreakingly, she called her partner “her perfect match”, describing the good periods of their relationship as “total mental and physical chemistry”.

Hutchence went on to have a daughter, Tiger Lily, with British broadcaster and writer Paula Yates.

The iconic rockstar was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in 1997, with an inquest later confirming the cause of death as hanging.

Hutchence was 37-years-old.

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