Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison has been confirmed dead after a body was found in Scotland.
The discovery was made at Port Edgar near South Queensferry in Edinburgh at 8.30PM on Thursday.
BBC News reports that the body has been identified as Hutchison’s. In a statement, the singer’s family say they are “utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott”.
Hutchison’s Frightened Rabbit bandmates have also issued a statement following the news, writing: “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,” they add.
“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.”
Hutchison’s family describe him as “passionate, articulate and charismatic, as well as being one of the funniest and kindest people we knew” and “wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend”.
“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 adds.
“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.”
The 36-year-old musician was initially reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday, after CCTV footage showed him leaving Edinburgh’s Dakota Hotel at 1AM.
Posting on Twitter shortly before his disappearance, he wrote: ‘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”, he added.
Mr Hutchison’s disappearance sparked a huge search, with the band issuing an appeal for his safe return.
Speaking to Radio X yesterday evening, his brother Grant said: “We’ve been coping as well as we can really, all the family are together and just supporting each other and doing all we can to try and let Scott know that we are here for him and that we love him.
“We just all feel a little helpless but the support has been incredible. It really genuinely does keep us going and keeps us feeling positive about the situation to know that there is that many people out there who care so much about Scott and want us to know that and want him to know that as well.”
The news was described as the “saddest awakening ever” by DJ Edith Bowman.
“Can’t really believe I’m reading this. Saddest awakening ever. Love and best wishes to all the Hutchison and Frabbit family”, she wrote on Twitter.
Other leading tributes came from US comedian Sarah Silverman.
Can’t really believe I’m reading this. Saddest awakening ever. Love and best wishes to all the Hutchison and Frabbit family. https://t.co/WERDqZww9Y
— edith bowman (@edibow) May 11, 2018
To @owljohn ‘s brothers and family I’m so sorry. I’m just so sorry.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 11, 2018
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