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.
Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome. Folks, if you are up against it, having dark thoughts, please tell someone, family, a friend or a doctor. There is always another way, though it might not seem like it.— stuart murdoch (@nee_massey) May 11, 2018
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.
This is a thread about Scott Hutchison.— Paul Hosford (@PTHosford) May 11, 2018
CW: Suicide/Mental health pic.twitter.com/ANcnkpcbef
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.
I’m so sad about Scott Hutchison. But increasingly sad about how he and other men seemingly feel they have nowhere to turn when they’re at their lowest.— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) May 11, 2018
"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.
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.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018
Shortly after the initial tweet, he added: "I'm away now. Thanks."
I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018
Scott Hutchison once sang 'while I'm alive I'll make tiny changes to earth' - for a lot of people, myself included, the changes he made were pretty massive. He'll be missed terribly.— Johnny Chiodini (@johnneh) May 11, 2018
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.
Reading through an old interview I did with Scott Hutchison of #frightenedrabbit is further proof of how he helped others through sharing his own battles in song. It's still worth it Scott. pic.twitter.com/9qAFj7aC42— shetlandshaun (@shetLAndshaun) May 10, 2018
"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.
If you’ve been impacted by the news about Scott Hutchison and would like to talk to somebody, there are lots of people who are here to listen. Below are a list of helplines you can call to chat to someone about how you’re feeling 📞 pic.twitter.com/NFJQDnP08h— Young Scot (@YoungScot) May 11, 2018