The fears of many were confirmed this morning (May 11) with the news that Scott Hutchison has died. He was 36.
The frontman, founder, and primary songwriter of Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit was reported missing earlier in the week, leading to a search for his whereabouts and cause for extreme concern over his well being. In a tweet sent out May 8, Hutchison 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.” He quickly followed that up with: “I’m away now. Thanks.”
According to reports, Edinburgh Police confirmed they found Hutchison’s body late Thursday night at Port Edgar in the Scottish town of South Queensferry.
“Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you,” reads a statement from Hutchison’s family, via SPIN. “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.”
Frightened Rabbit, who performed live at Boston Calling last year, was formed by Hutchison as a solo act in 2003. They released five albums under the moniker, including acclaimed sophomore 2008 LP The Midnight Organ Fight, and Hutchinson released a solo record as Owl John in 2014.
Featured image up top by the late Eddy Leiva for Vanyaland, from Frightened Rabbit’s 2017 appearance at Boston Calling.
UPDATE 11 a.m. EST: Frightened Rabbit have shared a statement. It reads: