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On Thursday night, police in Edinburgh, Scotland, announced that they’d found a body in the search for Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, who had been missing since early Wednesday morning. Hutchison, 36, was last seen leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry, at 1 a.m., after posting a series of messages that left his family and bandmates concerned for his well-being.
“Be so good to everyone you love,” the first tweet said. “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.” Several minutes later, he posted a second tweet: “I’m away now. Thanks.”
According to the Guardian, police discovered the body at 8:30 p.m. on May 10 in Port Edgar. His family were notified, and released a statement that they were “utterly devastated” by the loss.
Since he began performing as Frightened Rabbit in 2003, Hutchison has consistently written about his struggles with anxiety and depression, endearing him to a generation of indie-rock fans. This spring the band toured in celebration of the tenth anniversary of their seminal album The Midnight Organ Fight, which Hutchison discussed with the Voice.
“People started to come to me and talking about really personal, emotional subjects that they may not have told their closest friends, but they were telling me about them,” said Hutchison. “I didn’t know how to deal with it at all. Due to the personal nature of that record, an expectation of me had been built up in the listener’s head a lot of the time and I was very keen not to disappoint.”
On May 9, Frightened Rabbit posted a message on the band’s social media accounts asking for help in finding Hutchison: “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.”
In their statement Friday, Hutchison’s family wrote, “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.”
“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.”
“Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you,” the statement said. “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.”
UPDATE – 5/12/11, 10:145 AM: Hutchison’s bandmates in Frightened Rabbit issued the following statement: