Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit frontman, found dead by police

A body found Thursday night is that of missing Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, police in Scotland confirmed Friday. The body was discovered about 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday (12:30 p.m. PT) in Port Edgar, Queensferry, just west of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital.

The 36-year-old singer and guitarist was reported missing early Wednesday, and was last seen near the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry. Hutchison had issued a tweet Tuesday night referring to his life in the past tense: “Be so good to everyone you love….I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me.” Twenty minutes later, his final, poignant tweet simply said: “I’m away now. Thanks.”

 

Hutchison’s family was informed of the discovery of the body, and formal identification took place Friday.

Hutchison formed Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit in 2003. The group’s first studio album, 2006’s “Sing the Greys,” featured just Hutchison and his brother Grant, who is the band’s drummer. Their most recent, fifth album, “Painting of a Panic Attack,” was released in 2016 on Atlantic Records.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 26: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performs at Bellahouston Park on August 26, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Scott Hutchison of the British band Frightened Rabbit performs live during a concert at the Lido on November 23, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
NAPA, CA - MAY 26: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performs during BottleRock Napa Valley on May 26, 2017 in Napa, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: Andy Monaghan and Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit perform at The Greek Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist and artist Scott Hutchison, member of indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, attends a photocall during the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens on August 18, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit performs at The Greek Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: Scott Hutchinson and Billy Kennedy of Frightened Rabbit perform at The Greek Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performs onstage at O2 Forum Kentish Town on March 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performs onstage at O2 Forum Kentish Town on March 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Scott Hutchison of the British band Frightened Rabbit performs live during a concert at the Lido on November 23, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Scott Hutchison of the British band Frightened Rabbit performs live during a concert at the Lido on November 23, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performs during day two of Lollapalooza 2016 at Grant Park on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Brasted/FilmMagic)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Singer Scott Hutchison of the British band Frightened Rabbit performs live in support of Editors during a concert at the Zitadelle Spandau on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Billy Kennedy, Grant Hutchison and Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit pose backstage after performing tracks from their new album 'Painting of a Panic Attack' and signing copies for fans at HMV Manchester on April 11, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Scott Hutchison, Billy Kennedy and Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit sign copies of their new album 'Painting of a Panic Attack' after performing for fans at HMV Manchester on April 11, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
KENDAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 03: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performs on stage at Kendal Calling Festival at Lowther Deer Park on August 3, 2014 in Kendal, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images)
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The band also includes Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Simon Liddell. On Wednesday, the group tweeted: “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.”

News of the body’s discovery prompted tributes from other Scottish musicians, including Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch.

Kapranos tweeted that Hutchison’s death was “a terrible loss.” Murdoch said the Scottish music community had been praying for a different outcome and encouraged anyone “having dark thoughts” to talk to family, friends or a doctor.

Irish rock band Snow Patrol said they were devastated to hear the news about their friend.

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “heartbreaking news,” calling Hutchison “a remarkable and much loved talent.”

Frightened Rabbit had recently completed a two-month 10th-anniversary tour titled “The Midnight Organ Fight,” with sold-out dates during February and March in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington in the U.S., and Manchester, London and Glasgow in Britain. The band was scheduled to begin another tour later this month.

The Hutchison brothers had announced a side project, with brothers Justin and James Lockey of alt-rock band group Minor Victories, called Mastersystem, which launched a debut album April 6. Scott Hutchison also released a solo album, “Owl John,” which was also his twitter handle, in 2014.

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