Michael Hutchence, 37, lead singer of the rock group INXS...


November 23, 1997

Michael Hutchence, 37, lead singer of the rock group INXS, apparently committed suicide Saturday at a hotel in Sydney, Australia, leaving fellow band members waiting at a rehearsal studio where they were preparing for their 20th anniversary tour. Australian television stations and the Australian Associated Press reported that Mr. Hutchence was found hanged.

He flew from his London home to Sydney last week to prepare for the band's "Lose Your Head" tour, which was to start Tuesday and was to have been the group's first in its homeland of Australia in more than three years.

Formed in Perth in 1977, INXS shot to international success a decade later with the album "Kick." It featured four hit singles: "Never Tear Us Apart," "Need You Tonight," "New Sensation" and "Devil Inside."

Harold Geneen, 87, who built ITT Corp. into a conglomerate, died Friday in New York City after a heart attack. When he became president and chief executive of International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. in 1959, he inherited a loosely knit group of diversified, mostly overseas businesses. He sought to tighten them into one powerful conglomerate while adding companies at a breakneck pace -- among them the Sheraton hotel chain, Wonder bread-maker Continental Baking and Avis Rent-a-Car.

Grayson L. Kirk, 94, who headed Columbia University for more than 17 years and took part in the creation of the United Nations, died Friday in New York. While serving as Columbia's president in 1968, Kirk called in police to end a huge, weeklong anti-Vietnam War protest that had shut down the campus. Kirk eventually resigned in an attempt to calm student protesters.

Robert Stanley, 65, a painter who translated newspaper photographs and other commercial imagery into works on canvas, died of cancer Nov. 15 in New York.

Pub Date: 11/23/97

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