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Thursday, July 2, 1998 Published at 08:47 GMT 09:47 UK


Paula Yates bid to copy lover's suicide

Paula Yates, and daughter Tiger Lily, at Michael Hutchence's funeral

The television presenter Paula Yates is to spend several weeks in recovery at a private clinic after she was found in a distraught state at her London home on Tuesday.

Reports say that her friend, Belinda Brewin, found Ms Yates trying to commit suicide in a bid to copy her late fiance Michael Hutchence's suicide last November.

[ image: Breakdown after Hutchence's death]
Breakdown after Hutchence's death
Ms Yates is reported to have been extremely depressed since Hutchence's death. The former INXS singer was was found in a hotel room in Australia with a belt around his neck. An inquest found that he had committed suicide.

Ms Yates's half sister, Linda Plentl, confirmed to one British newspaper that Ms Yates had attempted suicide. She said: "I feel so sorry for Paula. It's been one tragedy after another. I know she has simply not been able to come to terms with Michael's death - she was so in love with him."

"She feels unable to think of anything else. I'm sure this is part of the reason she tried to copy the way he took his life," Ms Plentl said.

A year of upheaval

Earlier this year, Ms Yates was taken to the same clinic to be treated for a nervous breakdown.

The breakdown also was attributed to depression following Hutchence's suicide. His death came after the high-profile separation between Ms Yates and her former husband, musician Sir Bob Geldof.

Ms Yates also has been distressed over the identity of her natural father. This year, she discovered that Opportunity Knocks presenter Hughie Green was her biological father, not the broadcaster, Jess Yates, who had brought her up.

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