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INXS mark Hutchence anniversary
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence's death shocked the world 10 years ago
Australian group INXS has commemorated the 10th anniversary of singer Michael Hutchence's death on its website.

"Michael will always be remembered as a young, vibrant, gifted and passionate person," wrote drummer John Farris.

His brother Andrew, also in the band, said he missed Hutchence's "sense of humour, intelligence and cheeky smile".

Hutchence was found dead on 22 November 1997 in a Sydney hotel. A coroner found the 37-year-old performer had died from suffocation caused by hanging.

After playing with a number of guest singers, INXS eventually recruited a replacement front man, JD Fortune, through a reality TV talent search.

"Michael will live on through his brilliant melodies and lyrics," said John Farriss.


"I feel proud that INXS can continue to play the music he helped create."

In a shorter message, bassist Garry Beers thanked fans for their "thoughts for Michael" and encouraged them to make a charitable donation in his memory.

JD Fortune (far right) became the lead singer of INXS in 2005
"I will always remember him as a great friend who always made an effort to help others," he wrote.

"To his fans he will always be a legend," agreed keyboardist Andrew Farriss.

"But he was also an open-minded, stylish and compassionate man who took his friendships seriously."

Formed in 1977, INXS enjoyed huge success in the 1980s and 1990s with a string of hit singles and albums.

Switch, the band's first record with Canadian singer Fortune, was released in 2006.

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