Following the missing report of Scott Hutchison, the Frightened Rabbit lead singer was found dead near South Queensferry, Scotland, on Thursday, May 10 and he was 36-year-old, multiple sources have confirmed.
In a statement posted on the Scottish indie band’s official Twitter account on Friday, May 11, the late songster's bandmates Grant Hutchison - his brother - Billy Kennedy, Simon Liddell and Andy Monaghan confirmed,
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,
— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) May 11, 2018
The statement further reads,
Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely and we encourage you to continue doing this. He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and color that will forever be remembered and shared. Rest peacefully Scott.
According to the Scottish police that Scott was last seen leaving the Dakota Hotel around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, shortly after the singer shared a cryptic message on Twitter.
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. I’m away now. Thanks.
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
Before the musician was found dead, his bandmates shared on Twitter that they were “worried”, noting that he “may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now.”
We are worried about Scott, who has been missing for a little while now. He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now. Please could Scott or anyone with any information on his whereabouts please contact Police Scotland (101).
— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) May 9, 2018
In a statement on Friday, May 11, Scott’s family told CNN that he had battled mental health issues.
The family said,
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.
Scott originally formed the folk-rock band as a solo project in 2003 and later in 2006, Grant joined it. In the following year, the Frightened Rabbit released its debut album, Sing the Greys.
The brothers recently formed a new band, Mastersystem, which released its first album Dance Music in April.