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Sunday, 17 September, 2000, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
A life in the spotlight
Hutchence funeral
At Michael Hutchence's funeral with daughter Tiger Lily
The death of Paula Yates at the age of 40 is the final chapter in a life that was frequently struck by tragedy.

Born in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, in 1960, she made her name presenting Channel 4 pop music show The Tube in 1982.

More recently, she was a co-presenter on The Big Breakfast on the same channel.

After the end of her marriage to Boomtown Rats singer-turned-businessman Bob Geldof, she became involved with INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

Miss Yates remained Hutchence's partner from 1994 until he was found hanged in a hotel room in Sydney in 1997.

Hughie Green
Paula was shocked to discover that Hughie Green was her real father

She always contended that he did not commit suicide, but that he died by accident playing a sex game.

Last year she tried to challenge an Australian coroner's finding that Hutchence had committed suicide.

In February this year it was announced she was signing up to be an agony aunt for Aura magazine under former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard.

In 1998, Ms Yates learned that Opportunity Knocks presenter Hughie Green was her biological father, not the broadcaster, Jess Yates, who had brought her up.

She was recently treated for depression at the Priory clinic in Roehampton, south west London.

She had three children with Bob Geldof - Fifi Trixibelle, 17, Peaches Honeyblossom, 10, and Pixie, seven.

Miss Yates also leaves a four-year-old daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, by Michael Hutchence.

Since Hutchence's death in 1997, she was linked to various men, including singer Finley Quaye and aristocrat Samuel Robinson-Horley.

In 1998 there were reports that she tried to hang herself in a suicide bid to copy Hutchence.

She was apparently saved by a friend who found her barely conscious in the bedroom of her west London home with a noose round her neck.

'Emotional rollercoaster'

Psychologist Dr Anne Sheppard said it was impossible to tell just how Paula's turbulent life had affected her mind.

She had "had more than her fair share" of trials and tribulations, said the doctor.

"I guess she must have been through a rollercoaster of emotions during the last few years," said Dr Sheppard.

"She has been divorced, had someone dear to her commit suicide and discovered that her real father was not the man who brought her up.

"In a relatively short period, Paula Yates had to deal with more trauma than many people do in a lifetime."

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