Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchison found dead after reported missing
The 36-year-old singer went missing early Wednesday morning and his family released a statement that they had been recently concerned about his mental health
Police officials on Thursday confirmed that the body they found at a marina on the banks of the Firth of Forth is of the missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, according to reports.
The officials reportedly found the body at Port Edgar, between the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing, at about 20:30 on Thursday.
The 36-year-old singer went missing early Wednesday morning and his family released a statement that they had been recently concerned about his mental health.
The family, after the news of his death broke, said that they were "devastated" by Hutchison's death, according to reports.
Hutchison's elder brother Neil said that the singer had openly spoken about his battle with depression over the years in an "attempt to help other people with similar conditions," CNN reported.
The singer's family released a statement on Friday, saying Hutchison "wore his heart on his sleeve, and that was evident in the lyrics of his music and the content of many of his social media posts. He was passionate, articulate and charismatic, as well as being one of the funniest and kindest people we knew. Friends and family would all agree that he had a brilliant sense of humour and was a great person to be around."
The family, in their statement, added that relatives had "remained positive and hopeful that he would walk back through the door, having taken some time away to compose himself".
The statement also described the singer as a "wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend" who always had time for those he cared for.
"Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you. Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles."
"His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues," the family statement stated.
The singer, two hours before he disappeared, had written a tweet, asking his followers to be good to everyone they love.
"Be so good to everyone you love. It's not a given. I'm so annoyed that it's not. I didn't live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones," Hutchison tweeted on Wednesday.
Shortly after the initial tweet, he added: "I'm away now. Thanks."
Hutchison's band members from Frightened Rabbit also released a statement, expressing their grief and "overwhelming sadness" over their friend's demise:
"There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that comes with the death of our beloved Scott, but to know he is no longer suffering brings us some comfort. Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely and we encourage you all to continue doing this.
"He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared," Frightened Rabbit members said.
Hutchison was last seen on a CCTV footage, leaving the Dakota Hotel in nearby South Queensferry at 01:00 on Wednesday, according to reports.