Tiger Lily was just 16-months old when her father, INXS front-man Michael Hutchence, took his own life in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997.
By then the world had already come to recognise the little girl, often seen perched on the hip of her British TV host mother Paula Yates.
Hutchence and Yates were international celebrity royalty, appearing on the covers of magazines, front row at fashion shows, parties, everywhere.
Yates had three young daughters with legendary Irish Boomtown Rats singer, Bob Geldof or ‘Saint Bob’ as he became known. Geldof was the man behind the 1985 Ethiopian famine relief concert, Live Aid, and Yates was the woman who left ‘Saint Bob’ for a younger rock icon.
The world was fascinated by this scandalous love story and the new baby: Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence.
But only three years after Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room (which Yates claimed was auto-erotic asphixiation gone wrong, not a suicide), friends became concerned for Yates’ well-being when four-year-old Tiger Lily answered the phone. Yates was later found dead in her Notting Hill home from an accidental drug overdose.
Tiger Lily was now the rock n roll orphan, the famous little face at the centre of the UK’s deadly heroin epidemic.
Seventeen years on, this Saturday, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily will turn 21.
On that day the young woman, who was raised and ultimately adopted by Geldof so she could be with her half-sisters, stands to inherit millions.
According to The Sun, Tiger Lily will be granted access to a trust left by her father, a trust that has been topped up by a slice of the royalties the rocker’s work has accumulated over the last two decades.