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Frightened Rabbit pay tribute to frontman Scott Hutchison

By | Published on Monday 14 May 2018

Scott Hutchison

Frightened Rabbit have paid tribute to the band’s frontman Scott Hutchison, following his death last week. The band first expressed concern about Hutchison’s well-being on Wednesday after he went missing from a hotel in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, at around 1am. They wrote on Twitter “he may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now”.

Police confirmed on Friday that they had found a body at Port Edgar near South Queensferry the previous evening, later confirming that it had been formally identified as Hutchison. The tragic news led to a flood of tributes being paid to the musician by fans, friends, fellow artists and those who had worked with him within the music industry.

A statement for Hutchison’s 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”.

It went on: “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. 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 their message, Hutchison’s bandmates wrote: “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. 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 colour that will forever be remembered and shared. Rest peacefully Scott”.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, Mind offers information and support on this and other topics relating to mental wellbeing. You can also contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or music industry-specific helplines Music Support on 0800 030 6789 and Music Minds Matter on 0808 802 8008.