RIP Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit)

From NPR MUSIC (Stephen Thompson)

Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, whose bleak but often triumphantly arranged rock songs tackled depression, anxiety and self-doubt, was found dead Thursday at Port Edgar near South Queensberry, Scotland around 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday evening, Edinburgh Police confirmed in a statement provided to NPR. He was 36.

“Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you,” a statement from Hutchison’s family reads. “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 willigness 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.”

“To all of those who have come forward with such kind messages of support over the past couple of days,” his family writes, “we wish to express our most sincerest of thanks. We have been overwhelmed by the love that has been conveyed, not only to Scott, but to our family. It means the world to us.”

Scott’s bandmates shared this statement:

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. 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.

Much love
Grant, Billy, Andy and Simon x

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Frightened Rabbit performed many times throughout their decade-plus career on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Always lighting up the studio with their anthemic and thoughtful indie rock. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and bandmates. We will continue to update this post with thoughts and tributes.

(Photo c/o Markus Thorsen)