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Monday, 18 September, 2000, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Tiger Lily is in 'good hands'
paula yates and michael hutchence
Paula Yates with Tiger Lily's father Michael Hutchence
Paula Yates's orphaned daughter Tiger Lily was in "good hands" being cared for by Bob Geldof, the child's grandfather said on Monday.

Michael Hutchence's father, Kell, said four-year-old Tiger Lily - the product of Paula's love affair with the INXS rock star - was being well cared for by Geldof, Yates's former husband and the father of her other three children.

The body of the 40-year-old TV presenter was found in bed at her home in Notting Hill, west London, on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination was being carried out on Monday.

Michael Hutchence committed suicide in 1997.


She's just so close to my heart, and I feel so terribly sorry for this little girl.

Kell Hutchence
Mr Hutchence said: "As far as the custody of Tiger is concerned, I feel she's in very good hands.

"Naturally I'm greatly concerned for my granddaughter's welfare, and I think it's just a matter of letting the dust settle on this whole matter and then working out what is the best for Tiger," he added from his home in Australia.

Mr Hutchence said he would like to come to the UK, but had recently been in hospital.

"The doctors don't want me to fly yet, but I'm hoping to get a clearance from them tomorrow and I think there's every likelihood, subject to me discussing things with parties there, of coming over and spending some time with Tiger," he said on Monday.

"I would like to do that so much. She's just so close to my heart, and I feel so terribly sorry for this little girl," the 67-year-old added.

Legal action

Mr Hutchence described Paula's death as "very shocking and very tragic".

"I know that Paula had her ways and often we didn't agree, but God bless her, I never really thought it would come to this.

"She was a good mother, she loved her kids and I just think it's very, very tragic," he said.

Mr Hutchence launched legal action to gain custody of Tiger Lily after his son hanged himself with a belt in a hotel room in Sydney in November 1997.

But he said on Monday: "I only ever tried to get a temporary custody, if you can call it custody, which would just have been looking after Tiger when her mother was not well."

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