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Tuesday, 19 September, 2000, 08:14 GMT 09:14 UK
Custody battle looms for Tiger Lily
Paula Yates and her daughter Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily is being cared for by Bob Geldof
The sister and mother of Michael Hutchence are reportedly planning to launch a custody battle for his orphaned daughter following the death of her mother Paula Yates.

The 40-year-old TV personality was found dead at her home in Notting Hill, west London, on Sunday morning. Police are treating her death as suspicious.

Tina Hutchence and her mother Patricia Glassop have consulted London lawyers about getting custody of Tiger Lily, according to The Times.

Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence was found dead in Sydney in November 1997
The four-year-old is currently being cared for by Bob Geldof, Paula's former husband and father of her three other children, after he was given temporary custody.

Ms Hutchence reportedly told the The Times that Tiger Lily was "worth fighting for" but that she had not seen her for two years.

"All I've seen for two years are magazine photos," she is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

"I just hope we can put everything that has happened behind us and my parents can have a relationship with their granddaughter.

"I have brought up two beautiful children and for the last nine months have looked after a little Japanese boy since he was newborn."

Hutchence committed suicide in 1997.

Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof: Wants family to be left alone in their grief
Tiger Lily was made a ward of court on Monday. The court committed her interim care and control to Geldof.

The INXS star's father, Kell Hutchence, 73, said he believed Tiger Lily was in "good hands" with Ms Yates' former husband.

He has ruled out seeking custody of his grandaughter because of his age and ill-health.

"I just want the best for Tiger and I think that the responsible parties will sit down and no doubt work out a plan for her future," he said.

Paula Yates:
Key moments
1959: Born
1977: Meets Bob Geldof
1978: Publishes Rock Stars In Their Underpants
1982-7: Co-hosts The Tube
1984: Fifi Trixibelle born
1986: Marries Geldof
1989: Peaches Honeyblossom born
1990: Pixie born
1995: Leaves Geldof for Michael Hutchence
1996: Hutchence's daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, born
1997: Hutchence commits suicide
1998: Yates admitted to psychiatric hospital
On Monday, the results of a post-mortem carried out on Ms Yates' body on Monday proved "inconclusive"

Police confirmed there were no signs of violence at the house.

Yates' body was found in the bedroom by a family friend at around 1015 BST.

Newspaper reports speculated that she may had taken a drugs overdose.

An ambulance and detectives were called to the house but the mother-of four was pronounced dead about an hour later.

The television presenter and writer met Geldof in 1977.

They had three children together - Fifi Trixibelle, 17, 11-year-old Peaches Honeyblossom and Pixie, aged 10.

The couple separated in 1995 and Yates began seeing Australian rock star Michael Hutchence.

Bob Geldof said in a statement: "We are all so sad. The loss for all the children is insupportable."

People continued to lay floral tributes outside Yates' house on Tuesday.

The BBC's David Sillito
"Those close to her believe this was an accident"
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