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R.I.P. Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, Band Issues Statement and Others Pay Tribute

Hutchison Reported Missing on Wednesday

May 11, 2018
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Scott Hutchison, 36-year-old frontman for Scotland's Frightened Rabbit, has been found dead. He was reported missing by the band on Wednesday after posting some troubling tweets and disappearing from the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, leaving his phone in the hotel. As the BBC reports, his body was found on the banks of the Firth of Forth estuary, in Port Edgar, between the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing, at around 8:30 p.m. local time last night. His body was positively identified this morning.

Hutchison's song "Floating in the Forth," from 2008's The Midnight Organ Fight, tackled suicide and was about his body floating out to sea via the River Forth. "I think I'll save suicide for another year," Hutchison sang towards the end of the song.

The band has issued a statement via Twitter: "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."

Various other musicians have paid tribute to Hutchison, including Belle and Sebatian's Stuart Murdoch, Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai and Minor Victories, The National's Bryce Dessner, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos, labelmates alt-J, Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura and Tracyanne and Danny, Snow Patrol, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Here are their tweets:

When Hutchison first disappeared on Wednesday the band wrote on Twitter: "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." Around 11 p.m. Tuesday night Hutchison posted two troubling tweets that heightened concern for his wellbeing, first writing: "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." That tweet was followed 19 minutes later by one that read: "I'm away now. Thanks."

Frightened Rabbit released five studio albums: 2006's Sing the Greys, 2008's The Midnight Organ Fight, 2010's The Winter of Mixed Drinks, 2013's Pedestrian Verse, and 2016's Painting of a Panic Attack. In 2014 he released a solo album under the name Owl John. Hutchison recently teamed up with his brother Grant Hutchison (also Frightened Rabbit's drummer) and brother Justin and James Lockey of Editors and Minor Victories to form supergroup Mastersystem, whose debut album, Dance Music, was released last month.

Just last month we interviewed Hutchison about the Mastersystem album. You can also revisit our 2016 interview with Hutchison on Painting of a Panic Attack and our 2014 interview with Hutchison about the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Below are various videos and songs from Frightened Rabbit, Owl John, and Mastersystem.

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