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A body recovered at Port Edgar, near Edinburgh, on Thursday evening is that of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, police have confirmed.
The 36-year-old was found by police who launched a search after he went missing in the early hours of Wednesday after leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry.
On Friday Police Scotland confirmed that a body recovered at Port Edgar, near Edinburgh, on Thursday evening was him.
Tributes poured in for the talented singer, including a statement from his family who said they were “utterly devastated” by his loss.
In a statement released through Police Scotland, they said: “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.”
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
They added: “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.”
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They described him as a “wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend” who always had time for those he cared for, adding: “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.”
The music community also paid tribute to the loss of one of their own.
Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted: “Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.”
Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian wrote: “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.”
DJ Edith Bowman wrote: “Can’t really believe I’m reading this. Saddest awakening ever. Love and best wishes to all the Hutchison and Frabbit family”, and author Ian Rankin tweeted: “No no no. Hellish news.”
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
Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody paid tribute on Instagram to “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.”