Crowded House drummer found dead
Monday, March 28, 2005
Melbourne park Saturday., drummer for the popular 1980s band , was found dead in a
An ambulance service spokeswoman told the Sydney Morning Herald that ambulance officers arrived at Park on Saturday afternoon. They reported Hester had "attempted suicide" and suffered "strangulation". The 46-year-old-father-of-two was last seen walking his two dogs in the popular suburban park near his home on Friday evening.
Hester had a history with bouts of New Zealand singer Kashan, whom he planned to wed in May. There appeared to be no indication he was distressed when he left the house to walk his dogs., but seemed to be coping well following eight years of . Friends told the , however, that he suffered a recent turmoil in his love life. Firstly, there was the end of his romance with long-time partner and mother of his two daughters, and then a parting last December with
Hester, from Melbourne, Australia, was a founding member of the internationally popular group Crowded House. Previously, he was in the band with Crowded House leader during the early 1980s. He quit Crowded House in 1994, two years before the band broke up, and became a television personality in Australia with his own prime-time show, then working mostly as a freelance drummer [e.g. for Tarmac Adam]. He had his own music chat show, Hessie's Shed, on in the late 1990s, and also had a recurring role as Paul the Cook on the children's program . He also hosted the successful Australian music channel 's series.
- Paul Cashmere. "R.I.P. Paul Hester" — , March 26, 2005
- "Crowded House Drummer Hester Found Dead" — , March 27, 2005
- "Wave of sadness after Hester hangs himself" — , March 28, 2005
- Kathy McCabe and Nui Te Koha. "Star's last hours" — , March 29, 2005