Family Confirms Death Of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison

By Andy Kahn May 11, 2018 7:10 am PDT

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison has died at the age of the 36. His family confirmed his passing after a body was found by police at Port Edgar in South Queensferry, Scotland on Thursday night.

A search for Hutchison began on Tuesday evening following a pair of Tweets he sent, which 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,” and “I’m away now. Thanks.”

The following day Frightened Rabbit’s social media accounts requested help in finding Hutchison. A message stated in part, “Has anyone seen my brother/bandmate/best friend? He’s in a very fragile state and has been missing since last night and we’re all incredibly worried.” It was signed by Scott Hutchison’s brother and Frightened Rabbit band mate Grant Hutchison.

A statement from Scott Hutchison’s family confirmed his death. It reads:

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.

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 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. 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: Frighten Rabbit shared the below message:

Scott Hutchison formed Frightened Rabbit as a solo project in 2003 in Selkirk, Scotland. The moniker came from a description his mother gave him as a shy child and he was open about his struggles with depression and addiction. Scott and Grant Hutchison worked together on the debut Frightened Rabbit album Sing The Greys, which came out in 2006.

After incorporating additional musicians, the full band Frightened Rabbit album The Midnight Organ Fight came out in 2008, followed by The Winter of Mixed Drinks in 2010 and Pedestrian Verse in 2013. The most recent full-length record issued by Frightened Rabbit was 2016’s Painting of a Panic Attack. A three-track EP, Recorded Songs, came out last year.

In 2014, Scott Hutchison issued a self-titled solo album under the name Owl John. Scott and Grant were part of the newly established group Mastersystem. Their debut album Dance Music, featuring Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James Lockey of Minor Victories, was released in April.

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