THE family of Scott Hutchison say they are devastated by the loss of a ‘a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend’.
Police have confirmed that the Frightened Rabbit singer’s body was found last night at Port Edgar, near South Queensferry, after he was reported missing earlier this week.
In a statement released through Police Scotland, his family said: “As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott. 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.
“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.
“In addition to his musical success, Scott was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. Despite whatever else was going on in his life he always had time for those he cared for.”
Social media has been flooded with tributes to Scott, with many fans of his music saying that it got them through tough times.
Scott battled his own mental health issues for many years and openly discussed them through both his music and in interviews.
His family said: “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.
“To all of those who have come forward with such kind messages of support over the past couple of days, 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.
“We also want to thank Police Scotland and the Dakota Hotel for all of their assistance since Wednesday.
“We now ask that our privacy be respected so that we may come to terms with our loss.”
— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) May 11, 2018
If you’ve been impacted by the news of Scott’s death or ever need help, support or just someone to talk to, there are a number of helplines and online services. You are not alone.
Childline – for children and young people under 19 – Call 0800 1111 – the number won’t show up on your phone bill
The Silver Line – for older people – call 0800 4 70 80 90
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