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Sunday 17 December 2017

Tiger Lily has no access to dad's will

THE adopted daughter of Bob Geldof, Tiger Lily, quietly celebrated her 18th birthday last week.

But despite reaching the age of inheritance, it appears the only child of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence will not receive any financial support from her father's will.

The Australian rock star, who was in a relationship with Tiger Lily's mother Paula Yates at the time of his death from a drugs overdose in 1997, was estimated to be worth around €20m.

However, the singer's family said they are unable to access his extensive estate as it is locked up in a complex series of legal arrangements.

These were designed to protect Hutchence's income from divorce, tax and paternity actions.

Speaking to Australian magazine New Idea, the star's brother Rhett Hutchence voiced his dismay over the financial gridlock.

"He would have hated this outcome to his will," he said.

"He wanted his family to have his hard-earned wealth."

Assets

"Michael thought he had control of his assets but in the end, it only worked with Michael still alive," he added.

"On his death he owned little or nothing."

The year before he was found dead in a Sydney hotel room, the 37-year-old must have believed at the time that he had assets to give away because the first €350,000 of his estate was bequeathed to Amnesty International and Greenpeace.

Of the rest, half was to be divided equally among his mother, father, brother, half sister and the late Paul Yates with he other half going to Tiger Lily.

Adding to the family's outrage, the publishing rights and royalties from his music and record sales were also not included in his estate.

Tiger Lily, full name Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, will not be left financially uncared for after being raised by her adoptive father Sir Bob Geldof as his own.

The teenager, who bears a striking resemblance to Hutchence, was left an orphan after losing her mother television presenter Paul Yates to an accidental heroin overdose just three years after her father's untimely death at age 37.

She was then adopted by Dubliner Bob Geldof and has since lived a life of relative obscurity with Yates' ex husband.

The family were hit by more tragedy after the loss of Tiger Lily's half sister Peaches in April, also to an accidental heroin overdose.

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