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Michael Hutchence's sister urges daughter to visit
Michael Hutchence's half-sister has begged his daughter to Visit Australia.
Tina Hutchence has penned an open letter to 17-year-old Tiger Lily Geldof - who is raised by her late mother Paula Yates' ex-husband Bob Geldof - urging her to visit her late father's home country because the late INXS rocker was "desperate" for the youngster to know her heritage.
In the note, which was published in New Idea magazine, Tina wrote: "I know Michael would want you to visit Australia, the country he loved so much.
"He made certain you had an Australian passport, and he desperately wanted you to spend your formative years here."
In the note, Tina goes on to recall how much her brother - who was found hanged in a Sydney hotel aged 37 in 1997 - doted on his daughter, who was just 16 months old when he died.
She wrote: "You don't remember how he held you to his chest and sang in a voice so sweet and gentle until you closed your eyes and drifted off; but I do."
Since Tiger Lily's mother died in 2000, it is believed she has made just one visit to Australia, when she spent five days with her grandmother Patricia Glassop in 2006.
However, when her elderly relative passed away in 2010, she did not return for her funeral out of fear of the media attention it would attract.
Michael's former bandmate Tim Farriss previously admitted his late friend would have "hated" the thought of his daughter being raised by Bob, who formally adopted her in 2007.
He said: "Michael hated Bob in the end so much, to think that he would end up as the sole parent of Tiger Lily would have been the most horrific thing he could have imagined. But luckily for Tiger she had Bob at the end."
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