Scott Hutchison, frontman of Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit, has been found dead at a marina on the Firth of Forth in Scotland, police confirmed. Hutchison, 36, sent tweets asking fans "hug your loved ones" the night before he went missing.
The musician, who had been open about his struggle with depression, tweeted Tuesday night, "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 added, "I'm away now. Thanks."
Hutchison was reported missing Wednesday after leaving a hotel in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh. Police found a body on Thursday night at Port Edgar, and confirmed that it was Hutchison on Friday.
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.
Hutchison's family released a statement about the singer, saying he "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 humor and was a great person to be around."
The statement also said that family members had "remained positive and hopeful that he would walk back through the door, having taken some time away to compose himself." It also described the rocker as a "wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend" who always had time for those he cared for.
Hutchison's indie-rock group, Frightened Rabbit, was founded by the late singer and his drummer brother, Grant; the group has released several albums.
Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian said the "whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome."
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.
Terribly sad to hear the news regarding Scott Hutchison. As mentioned before, we didn’t know each other personally - but there is always empathy and a bond between fellow touring musicians, especially contemporaries of a similar age group, so this hits particularly hard.
We are deeply saddened by the news of our labelmate Scott Hutchison, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. In the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You are never alone.