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    Paul Hester, R.I.P.

    Last night, Paul Hester, former drummer for Crowded House, hung himself in a park after walking his dogs.

    This is a real shock for many people, given that his public persona was so wacky and out there - apparently, according to his friends, he had suffered from depression for years. I guess he was pretty manic - it sounds like that had it's negative side.

    I met him a couple of times, fleetingly. He seemed a nice guy, but I certainly didn't know him personally. Was a very capable musician, and internationally famous as a member of one of the best Kiwi exports in the world (before Peter Jackson).

    He apparently leaves behind two teenage daughters. Very sad event.

    RIP, Paul.
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    RIP Paul, a very sad day. His public persona was so much fun and all, but he was a very capable musician as Slow_Love said.

    I've devoted my favourite songs of the week as crowded house songs in Paul's honour and BoyBrumby started that fine mark of respect. Many others are catching on.

    Crowded House were a fine band, Paul was a very fine musician. He'll leave a huge hole in Australian/NZ Music.

    RIP Paul Hester.

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    I hadn't heard of Crowded House before today. I listened to a couple of songs today, both really awesome.

    Really sad that a talented artist should pass away like this. RIP Paul.
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    They where a decent band

    this is quite Sad


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    What happened to the dogs? As Sudeep said, I hadn't heard of Crowded House until yesterday and I've listened to at least 1 of their songs since, it was pretty good.
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    I just don't have any sympathy for people who commit suicide. Call me heartless, but that's the way I feel. And I realise that people who do it are generally emotionally disturbed, but there is always help out there somewhere. Giving up just isn't an option.

    Having said that, it sounds like he was a very well-liked guy and he will be sorely missed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Casson
    I just don't have any sympathy for people who commit suicide. Call me heartless, but that's the way I feel. And I realise that people who do it are generally emotionally disturbed, but there is always help out there somewhere. Giving up just isn't an option.

    Having said that, it sounds like he was a very well-liked guy and he will be sorely missed.
    I doubt you'd fully understand the feelings that lead to something like this happening though (in instances where severe depression etc is a contributing factor). There is always help out there but some people feel like it's out of their reach unfortunately.

    It's sad to see something like this happen involving a guy who had such a happy and funny public persona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco
    I doubt you'd fully understand the feelings that lead to something like this happening though (in instances where severe depression etc is a contributing factor). There is always help out there but some people feel like it's out of their reach unfortunately.

    It's sad to see something like this happen involving a guy who had such a happy and funny public persona.
    Of course I don't understand the feelings - I've never felt like killing myself. But when you just throw everything to the wind and decide to take your own life... well, you get nothing from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Casson
    I just don't have any sympathy for people who commit suicide. Call me heartless, but that's the way I feel. And I realise that people who do it are generally emotionally disturbed, but there is always help out there somewhere. Giving up just isn't an option.

    Thats the thing though. Depression gets on top of people to a point where they think there is nothing to live for and that no form of counciling or other help is going to save them.

    From your mindest I can see how you think it is giving up but he would have felt like he was fighting a losing batle.

    It is a mental illness that isn't taken seriously enough IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    Thats the thing though. Depression gets on top of people to a point where they think there is nothing to live for and that no form of counciling or other help is going to save them.

    From your mindest I can see how you think it is giving up but he would have felt like he was fighting a losing batle.

    It is a mental illness that isn't taken seriously enough IMO
    I know depression gets on top of people and they 'feel like they're fighting a losing battle,' but it still doesn't change my opinion. I know a few people who have been severely suicidal and are still alive today because they didn't give in to depression.

    Anyway, this is supposed to be a tribute thread for someone who was apparently a very good man. I've had my say, and there's no need to turn it into a big debate. If we want that we can make a new thread (if there isn't one already).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Casson
    I know depression gets on top of people and they 'feel like they're fighting a losing battle,' but it still doesn't change my opinion. I know a few people who have been severely suicidal and are still alive today because they didn't give in to depression.

    Anyway, this is supposed to be a tribute thread for someone who was apparently a very good man. I've had my say, and there's no need to turn it into a big debate. If we want that we can make a new thread (if there isn't one already).
    haha, no need for a new thread I don't think there's that much to debate.

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    RIP to Hester, I've heard a few Crowded House songs before and it's a shame such a talented band member decided to take his own life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    Last night, Paul Hester, former drummer for Crowded House, hung himself in a park after walking his dogs.

    This is a real shock for many people, given that his public persona was so wacky and out there - apparently, according to his friends, he had suffered from depression for years. I guess he was pretty manic - it sounds like that had it's negative side.

    I met him a couple of times, fleetingly. He seemed a nice guy, but I certainly didn't know him personally. Was a very capable musician, and internationally famous as a member of one of the best Kiwi exports in the world (before Peter Jackson).

    He apparently leaves behind two teenage daughters. Very sad event.

    RIP, Paul.
    I'm a massive Crowded House fan, but strangely, when my mate said to me yesterday,"Did you hear about Paul Hester?", my first response was,"Did he kill himself?".

    I've got Chris Bourke's great book Something So Strong, which is a biography of the band, and it was obvious from reading that Hes tended to have massive moodswings and was often very depressed while on tours. In fact, his reluctance to continue touring threatened to break up the band once or twice before it finally happened after the Together Alone album.

    Sad to see him go, but somehow I think he'll be happier now. Neil and Tim Finn are continuing their European tour as requested by Paul's family and friends.

    This song, written by Neil, is often thought to be about Paul, and as I listened to it in the car today, I have no doubt:

    Black and white boy
    black and white boy
    you're so extreme
    you're so confused
    color me in whatever mood I'm in
    I could be still in touch with you
    And you're full of the wonder of spring
    it's all sweetness and lightness you bring
    and a room full of people fall to your infinite charm
    but when darkness should quickly descend
    you go quietly, my miserable friend
    to the depths of despair you will crawl
    black and white boy

    Black and white boy
    black and white boy
    you're so extreme
    you're so confused
    color me in
    whatever mood I'm in
    I could be still
    in touch with you

    When you shake off the shadows of night
    and your eyes are so clear and so bright
    you'll make fools of the liars and creeps
    put a rose in my cheeks
    but when demons have climbed on your back
    you are vicious and quick to attack
    and you put on a wonderful show
    do you really, really think I don't know?
    black and white boy

    And you run like a cat to the cream
    and you're acting so nice it's obscene
    you put on a wonderful show
    do you really, really think I don't know?
    black and white boy

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    RIP to Hester, I've heard a few Crowded House songs before and it's a shame such a talented band member decided to take his own life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    Last night, Paul Hester, former drummer for Crowded House, hung himself in a park after walking his dogs.

    This is a real shock for many people, given that his public persona was so wacky and out there - apparently, according to his friends, he had suffered from depression for years. I guess he was pretty manic - it sounds like that had it's negative side.

    I met him a couple of times, fleetingly. He seemed a nice guy, but I certainly didn't know him personally. Was a very capable musician, and internationally famous as a member of one of the best Kiwi exports in the world (before Peter Jackson).

    He apparently leaves behind two teenage daughters. Very sad event.

    RIP, Paul.
    One of our family friends (their daughter), her husband was one of Paul's best friends and often filled in for him at gigs. Interesting considering I never knew about this.

    What a shame. What's that really famous song they made? That is often associated with being Australian?

    Well. RIP, what a shame, he seemed like a good guy.
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