Vale Hessie

Vale Paul Hester.

Pic: Ren Jonas /

Update 8:30pm. I first read about this in the paper this morning. It didn’t quite sink in until later. It’s one thing when a musician much older than you passes away… it’s another matter when it’s one who is almost your own generation, and at only 46.

I never saw Paul or Crowded House play live, but I did see him some years ago, laughing and smiling, at the Elwood Beach House Cafe, which I think he co-owned with some other musician friends. I assume he lived around there; it was quite close to where he had gone to walk his dogs, and was later found, in Elsternwick Park.

To the slight indifference of my offspring, I dug out some Crowded House CDs and videos this afternoon to play them. The cover picture of their first album caught my eye, in the circumstances.

He will be missed.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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5 replies on “Vale Hessie”

I’ve thought of nothing else today. I bet they’re all rocking tonight in Hessy’s Shed in the sky. RIP

I just can’t believe it! I was walking around in a bit of a stupor all day when I heard. The whole thing just seems so unreal.

A very sad end to a most talented life.

This made me so sad. I listened to Crowded House on my headphones throughout a hideous trip to the US with my mother when I was 14 – they saved me! Poor Paul.

this certainly is sad. did they ever find out how he died? or what he died from?

i wondered, also, what happened to his dogs he was walking. did they realise he was gone when the dogs came home on their own or are they gone, too?

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