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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
Grieving Finn Brothers halt tour
Paul Hester (back) and Neil Finn (left) in Crowded House
Paul Hester (back) played with Neil Finn (left) in Crowded House
The Finn Brothers have postponed their European tour after the death of former Crowded House drummer Paul Hester.

Hester, who was in Split Enz with Neil and Tim Finn and in Crowded House with Neil, committed suicide last month.

The Finn Brothers played three nights at London's Royal Albert Hall last week before returning to Australia to attend Hester's funeral.

The brothers said Neil had been diagnosed with mental exhaustion and they were taking a four-week break.

Funeral

All remaining dates of the European tour have been postponed and will be rescheduled. New dates will be announced in the next few days.

The Finns said: "Following the tragic events of the past two weeks, Neil Finn has been diagnosed as suffering from mental exhaustion and stress and is taking an immediate four-week break from touring on doctor's advice."

Paul Hester
Paul Hester's funeral was held last weekend in Melbourne, Australia

They were due to play in Portsmouth next week before moving on to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, France and Spain.

Hester, 46, was found hanged in a park in Melbourne. He was last seen alive on the night of 25 March when he left his home with his dogs.

Ambulance officers said he had "attempted suicide" and died from strangulation. He was already dead when they arrived at the scene.

His funeral was held in Melbourne last weekend. Hester played with New Zealand group Split Enz before forming Crowded House with Neil Finn in 1985.


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