Michael Hutchence, Paula Yates and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

Trapped: Michael Hutchence with Paula Yates and their daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

INXS band member Kirk Pengilly, has revealed that Michael Hutchence was planning to leave British girlfriend Paula Yates, just days before he died.

In an interview with Channel Seven's Sunday Night program, Pengilly said he had been harbouring this secret for 16 years.

Maybe he just couldn't, he couldn't get out of her web. 

"Just prior to his death, that week or so - what he told me, he had a plan in place to basically split up with Paula," said Pengilly.

Kirk Pengilly.

Revelation: Kirk Pengilly kept Hutchence's comment a secret for years.

"That's what he told me, you know. It's all very personal stuff, it's a long time ago now, too, you know. I don't want to dwell on it."

Yates first met Hutchence in 1985 during a television interview. She was married to singer Sir Bob Geldof at the time but they divorced in 1996.

Pengilly said that when the couple first started having an affair, Yates had been planning to "get Michael" for quite some time.

Bob Geldof.

Custody: Bob Geldof. Photo: Simon Schluter

"It seems that perhaps Paula had a kind of a mission from a long time ago to get Michael, you know. And maybe he just couldn't, he couldn't get out of her web."

The couple's daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence, or Tiger Lily as she is most commonly known, was born in July 1996.

She was a one-year-old when Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room on November 22, 1997.

Fellow band member Tim Farriss, said Hutchence was angry and agitated shortly before he died. Yates had called him from London to say she, her three other daughters and Tiger Lily would not be coming to Sydney after a custody hearing was adjourned.

Farriss said Hutchence had been trying to get them all to join him in Australia for some time.

Geldoff was reported to have received an abusive and threatening message from Hutchence just before he died, Sunday Night said.

"Michael hated Bob in the end so much," said Farriss.

"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 in the end."

Geldof eventually won custody of Tiger Lily and her half sisters after Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000. He formally adopted Tiger Lily in 2007.

Ex-manager Chris Murphy teared up on the program when he suggested he still had some doubts whether Hutchence had committed suicide. However, he said he would "reserve his judgment" for the sake of Tiger Lily.

"There's a girl becoming a young lady in London so all the things we screw around with - we all have to be very careful and responsible of how we portray this because I'm so conscious of Tiger and I just want all of us to be responsible for Tiger," he said.

The five surviving members of INXS traced the mental decline of Hutchence to a vicious attack on the frontman five years before his lonely death in a Sydney hotel.

Hutchence was on a night out in Denmark in August 1992 with then girlfriend Helena Christensen when he was punched by a taxi driver. Hutchence fell to the pavement, fracturing his skull and losing his sense of taste and smell.

INXS's Los Angeles-based bassist Garry Beers said the injury changed him.

"When Michael hit his head, he came back a different person and I'm sure doctors were prescribing all sorts of weird and wonderful concoctions," he told the program.

"He was a dick and it wasn't him, that's the thing. It wasn't the Michael we knew and that's what was so surprising. He couldn't smell, he couldn't taste, he was drinking wine by the bottle 'cause it was just like nothing to him."

Farriss said Hutchence was more aggressive after "that knock on the head".

"He was very passionate about the sense of smell and taste, you know, food and wine," he said.

The band members of INXS have been criticised by Hutchence's half-sister, Tina, for their participation in the biopic INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, which she says trashed the reputation of her family and turned Hutchence's life into a soap opera.

smh.com.au with Linda Morris