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Missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison identified as dead body found in Scotland

Hutchison had spoken about his struggles with depression, and after his disappearance his family said they worried he was in a ‘fragile state’

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 May, 2018, 1:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 May, 2018, 9:24am

Scott Hutchison, the lead singer of indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, has been identified as the man whose body was found at a Scottish marina, police said on Friday.

Police Scotland said his body was found on Thursday evening at the nearby Port Edgar marina and his family had been informed. They did not disclose the cause of his death.

Hutchison, 36, was reported missing on Wednesday after leaving a hotel in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh; the day before he disappeared he sent tweets saying “Please hug your loved ones” and “I’m away now. Thanks.”

Hutchison had spoken about his struggles with depression, and after his disappearance his family said they worried he was in a “fragile state.”

Frightened Rabbit was founded by Hutchison and his drummer brother Grant more than a decade ago and has released several albums.

In a statement, Hutchison’s relatives said they were “utterly devastated” at the loss of the “passionate, articulate and charismatic” singer.

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“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,” the family said.

Other Scottish musicians also paid tribute to Hutchison.

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

Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian posted that “the whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote: “Heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with Scott’s family, friends and fans. A remarkable and much loved talent.”