British TV personality Paula Yates was found dead in her bedroom in west London on Sunday, police said. She was 40.
They declined to speculate on the cause of death, but there was no sign of violence.
Yates led a messy personal life in the full glare of media publicity. She was divorced from Bob Geldof, the former lead singer of the Boomtown Rats. Her rocker boyfriend, Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS, was found hanged in 1997.
She had three daughters with Geldof and one with Hutchence.
“We are all so sad. The loss for all the children is insupportable,” Geldof said in a brief statement released to the media.
Yates found fame during the 1980s on the Channel 4 music program “The Tube” and later starred on “The Big Breakfast,” in which she invited famous people into bed for early-morning interviews.
But she was just as well known for her love affairs, in particular for having pursued Geldof at the age of 17. They went on to marry and stayed married for 18 years. They split up in 1995 after Yates took up with Hutchence.
But just as Yates was said to be planning marriage to Hutchence, he was found hanged in a hotel room in Sydney in 1997 in what was later ruled as a suicide. He was 37.
In June, Yates won libel damages in court cases in London and Sydney over magazine and book allegations that she had sought to entrap Hutchence by becoming pregnant with the couple’s daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, now 4.
Yates grew up in a showbiz family as the daughter of Jess Yates, who presented a religious TV show, “Stars on Sunday.”
But he left her mother for a much younger woman. Yates claimed in her 1995 autobiography that by the age of 8 she was a mentally disturbed anorexic.
In 1997 she said that DNA testing showed Yates had not been her father after all, but Hughie Green, the star of the game show “Opportunity Knocks,” although her mother denied it.
Last month her mother, Helene Thornton-Bosment, said she hadn’t spoken to her daughter for five years.