Police confirm death of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison

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The indie band vocalist was reported missing by his family, who were concerned that he was in a “fragile state of mind”.

Frightened Rabbit are from Selkirk

Police Scotland have confirmed that a body found on Thursday evening is that of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison.

The body was discovered at Port Edgar, South Queensferry, at about 8.30pm.

Hutchison was last seen on CCTV at the nearby Dakota Hotel at around 1am on Wednesday.

The indie singer’s family issued a statement saying he had struggled with depression and paid tribute to him, saying he was “passionate, articulate and charismatic”.

The family said: “As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott.

“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.

There is a lot of concern for Scott Hutchison
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Scott Hutchison’s family were concerned about his welfare

“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.”

They added: “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.

“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.”

Hutchison was last seen walking out of a hotel
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Hutchison was last seen walking out of a Port Edgar hotel

The 36-year-old was reported missing from Dennistoun, Glasgow, on Wednesday by his family, who said they were concerned about his welfare.

A day before his disappearance, Hutchison tweeted: “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.”

This was followed by: “I’m away now. Thanks.”

Tributes from fellow musicians and fans have poured in.

Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted: “Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.”

Marion and Ron Hutchison, the parents of Scott Hutchison who had appealed for information when he went missing
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Marion and Ron Hutchison, the parents of Scott Hutchison who had appealed for information when he went missing

Biffy Clyro wrote: “So so sad. So so sorry. All our love to the Hutchison family. Rest in peace Scott.x”

Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian wrote: “Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome.

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“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.”

The band, from Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, were due to perform in Glasgow on 1 June.

There is a lot of concern for Scott Hutchison

Hutchison was last seen walking out of a hotel

Marion and Ron Hutchison, the parents of Scott Hutchison who had appealed for information when he went missing

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