Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison dies at 36

Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison has died at the age of 36.
By Tyler MacDonald | Feb 09, 2019
A body discovered inSouth Queensferry outside Edinburgh, Scotland has been identified as Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison just days after he was reported missing late Tuesday night, according to Rolling Stone.

"He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now," the band said after he was reported missing.

The body was found late Thursday night in the Port Edgar marina, and was later confirmed to be Hutchison's.

"As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott," Hutchison's family wrote. "Despite his disappearance, and the recent concerns over his mental health, we had all remained positive and hopeful that he would walk back through the door, having taken some time away to compose himself."

"Scott, like many artists, 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," they comtinued. "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. In addition to his musical success, Scott was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. Despite whatever else was going on in his life he always had time for those he cared for."

Hutchison tweeted shortly before his disappearance, "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," followed by "I'm away now. Thanks."

"We are worried about Scott, who has been missing for a little while now," said Grant Hutchison, his brother and bandmate, after Scott went missing and was spotted at an area hotel on surveillance video. "He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now."

The Forth Road Bridge held special significance to Hutchisonon Frightened Rabbit's "Floating in the Forth" from the band's 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight, Hutchison contemplates jumping into the water to find "peace."

"And fully clothed, I float away," he sang, "Down the Forth, into the sea. Am I ready to leap Is there peace beneath the roar of the Forth Road Bridge?," before concluding the track with "I think I'll save suicide for another year."

"Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you," his family wrote. "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."

"We are deeply saddened by the news of our labelmate Scott Hutchison, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time," wrote the band Alt-J. "In the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You are never alone."

"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," the band concluded in their statement. "Rest peacefully Scott."


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