Frightened Rabbit Singer Scott Hutchison Confirmed Dead at 36

Scott Hutchison—the singer and guitarist for Glasgow's Frightened Rabbit—has been confirmed dead by multiple sources today. The songwriter's family had reported him missing on Wednesday, expressing concern about the state of his mental health.

Hutchison was last seen on security camera footage, leaving a hotel in South Queensferry, Scotland. Prior to this spotting, he sent a Tweet that read, "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." Shortly afterward, he Tweeted: "I'm away now. Thanks."

Last night, a body was found in the Queensferry, Scotland harbor, which was confirmed to be Hutchison this morning.

The Hutchison family—which includes Frightened Rabbit drummer Grant Hutchison—said in a statement: "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.

Frightened Rabbit performing on "The Woodpile" on the Late Show in 2013.

"He was passionate, articulate and charismatic, as well as being one of the funniest and kindest people we knew. 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."

The statement goes on to say that "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 first used the Frightened Rabbit name as a solo performer in 2003. With an expanded lineup, the band released their debut record, Sing the Greys, in 2006, followed by four additional studio LPs including 2016's Painting of a Panic Attack. Their sound has been described as featuring indie folk songwriting blended with certain post-punk elements. Hutchison also released a solo record under the moniker Owl John in 2014, in addition to a number of collaborative releases.


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