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Stars turn out to mourn Hutchence in Sydney

The funeral of the singer Michael Hutchence took place yesterday in Australia, watched by millions of viewers who saw it broadcast live. The coffin was draped with 500 irises and a single tiger-lily, representing the singer's 16-month-old daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, who was cradled by her mother, Paula Yates.

Cries and Whispers: Always on the offensive - as long as it doesn't mean Diana

As if the revival of the heinous "Candle in the Wind" weren't enough, the reverberations from the death of Diana still rumble around the pop world. Primal Scream and 2K (aka KLF) both postponed the gigs they'd scheduled for the week after the tragedy. Kylie Minogue swapped the original title of her new album, Impossible Princess, for the feeble alternative, Kylie Minogue. Denim delayed a single called "Summer Smash", and Del Amitri shelved the release of "Medicine", whose lyrics contain a fleeting mention of a "wreckage".

Buy me: Clarks court shoes, pounds 55

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