Frightened Rabbit Singer Scott Hutchison Found Dead at 36
According to the BBC, the body of a man was located on the banks of the Forth River near the Queensferry Crossing around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night (May 10). NPR has now confirmed that the body was that of Hutchison. He was 36 years old.
"Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you," the Hutchison family said in a statement. "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."
His fellow Frightened Rabbit bandmates have also issued a statement. Read it below.
Hutchison was last seen in the early hours of Wednesday morning (May 9), leaving the Dakota Hotel near South Queensferry. Prior to his disappearance, the singer sent out a string of troubling tweets, urging followers to "hug your loved ones," before adding: "I'm away now. Thanks."
His brother and bandmate Grant Hutchison has been active on social media the past few days, appealing to the public for information and offering supportive words for his brother.
He initially warned that Scott "may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now."
"We're all here for you, and we all love you very much," he later said via Radio X. "You can see the support online, as well. Then just know that everyone loves you very much, and we just want you to come back and be safe."
Frightened Rabbit began as Scott's solo project, eventually incorporating Grant into the lineup on their debut album Sing the Greys. The outfit continued to expand as a group, releasing The Midnight Organ Flight, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, Pedestrian Verse and 2016's Painting of a Panic Attack.
The frontman also released a self-titled solo record under the moniker Owl John in 2014.
In a tragic turn of foreshadowing, 2008's The Midnight Organ Flight featured a track titled "Floating in the Forth." It hears Hutchison sing: "And fully clothed, I float away / Down the Forth, into the sea / I think I'll save suicide for another day."
The band recently toured to mark that record's 10th anniversary.
A number of musicians and fans from Scotland and the rest of the world have shared their condolences for the Frightened Rabbit frontman. See some of those messages below.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, a number of resources that may be helpful are available here.
Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) May 11, 2018
Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome. Folks, if you are up against it, having dark thoughts, please tell someone, family, a friend or a doctor. There is always another way, though it might not seem like it.— stuart murdoch (@nee_massey) May 11, 2018
Devastated Scott is gone. My heart goes out to his family and bandmates. A dear soul and a brilliant songwriter. RIP #scotthutchison— Aaron Dessner (@aaron_dessner) May 11, 2018
Will have a hard time thinking about anything for a while but this beautiful man and the songs he leaves behind....songs which explore the depths of human despair with such poetry. I hope they ultimately shine a brighter light on mental issues and how precious, fragile and ephemeral life is. #scotthutchison
My god. Scott Hutchinson. This is just devastating. All my love to Scotland, the world- anyone who was touched by Scott's gifts. I wish the world's love could ease the weight of its pain. He will be so missed. I'm so sad— Dan Mangan (@danmanganmusic) May 11, 2018
We are devastated to hear the news about our friend Scott Hutchison this morning. Sending all our love to his family, friends and band mates in frightened rabbit. Xxx— Snow Patrol (@snowpatrol) May 11, 2018
I just heard the news about Scott Hutchison. One of Scotland's most extraordinary song writers. He wrote with such profound insight into loss and longing and listening to his words always made me feel this heady mix of wonder, elation and pain. That pain that also makes you feel someone understands what you're going through and you don't feel so alone. He was willing to hurt in his songs so that the listener hurt less. But when you live on the edge of that pain it can sometimes get to be too much to bear. I just wish he knew what he meant to so many. Thank you Scott for every extraordinary song you ever wrote and for the times we shared. Your music brought light to the world and always will. So much love to all your family, band mates and close friends. I am so deeply sorry for their loss. The world is less today without you Scott.x
What a life. What a shining, beautiful life. I remember Scott giving great Scottish hugs, cracking jokes, apologising for being drunk, always being kind. He lit up the sky with his voice, his songs, his heart, and I will forever be in awe of his genius. He was the kind of guy who, if he came up in conversation, people would talk over each other, in a hurry to say how wonderful he was. He was my friend and today I am heartbroken. Talk to someone, don't try to keep it all inside.
Absolutely heartbroken over Scott Hutchison. when is the music industry going to start taking better care of it's own, he gave so much of himself 2 others, 4 it to end by himself like that is beyond devastating. My thoughts & prayers with his family & the Frightened Rabbit family— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) May 11, 2018
My thoughts are with Frightened Rabbit and their friends and family. Another beautiful soul lost. This world can be so harsh. Reach out to your loved ones today and every day if you can x x— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) May 11, 2018
To @owljohn 's brothers and family I'm so sorry. I'm just so sorry.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 11, 2018
Frightened Rabbit was one of those bands you snap back to when you're feeling down that would clean you out like a sponge and it sucks that Scott couldn't have the same peace I feel like I got from his music.— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) May 11, 2018
All my love to @FRabbits. Scott was an amazing, sweet man and a powerful musician who always had a kind word. I feel so lucky to have known him.— Josh Ritter (@joshritter) May 11, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the news of our labelmate Scott Hutchison, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. In the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You are never alone.— Δ (alt-J) (@alt_J) May 11, 2018
So so sad. So so sorry. All our love to the Hutchison family. Rest in peace Scott.x— Biffy Clyro (@BiffyClyro) May 11, 2018
I'm lost for words on hearing the awful news about Scott Hutchison. My deepest condolences are with his family and friends. I didn't know Scott very well but I always enjoyed his company whenever I was in it. He was a lovely, warm talented guy and was loved by so many people.— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) May 11, 2018
Devastating news. Heartbroken. Scott was an amazing guy, an incredible songwriter, and a kind friend. I'm so glad for the time I got to spend with him. Much love to his family, @FRabbits bandmates, friends and fans. https://t.co/ar1ANcUmo4— Craig Finn (@steadycraig) May 11, 2018
The 1975 would like to extend our love and support to the family, friends and fans of Frightened Rabbit— matty (@Truman_Black) May 11, 2018
"(Scott's) music touched his fans because he was fundamentally kind and honest (&) humbly extended a hand of solidarity w/ a wry smile and an open heart."— Kevin Devine (@KevinDevineTwit) May 11, 2018
I am grateful and heartbroken to confirm that to be equally true outside of Scott's songs, as well.https://t.co/msjfPjIw1r
these kinds of deaths are becoming more and more frequent in our music communities. i cannot lie, it scares the shit out of me. all my heart goes out to the Frightened Rabbit family - band, team, and fans. so sorry.— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) May 11, 2018