The death of Scott Hutchison, lead singer and songwriter for Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, has been confirmed by Scottish police after the musician went missing earlier this week, The Guardian reports.
Hutchison was last seen leaving his hotel in Edinburgh on early Wednesday morning, and his body was found Thursday evening nearby at Port Edgar. Hutchison was 36 years old.
Hutchison’s bandmates began posting messages about his disappearance on their social media pages, expressing their worry by saying, “He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now” and asking for any information on his whereabouts. This morning, the band posted a note confirming Hutchison’s death and asking for fans to continue to share stories of how the singer’s music touched their lives:
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 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.
Grant, Billy, Andy and Simon x
Hutchison began Frightened Rabbit as a solo project in 2003 but eventually teamed up with his brother Grant for the group’s debut album Sing the Greys in 2006 and added Bill Kennedy for 2008’s breakout Midnight Organ Fight. The band’s fifth and final album was 2016’s Painting of a Panic Attack, which continued Hutchison’s artistic openness about his mental health issues, though the singer-songwriter had hinted at wanting to begin recording a sixth. Just before his disappearance earlier this week, Hutchison tweeted out two messages to his followers 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. I’m away now. Thanks.”
Below, watch a video of Hutchison and Frightened Rabbit’s performance on KEXP from 2013.
If you or anyone you know may be at risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255