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Body found in search for missing Frightened Rabbit singer

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Police searching for missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison have found the body of a man.

The discovery was made at Port Edgar, a marina on the banks of the Firth of Forth between the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing, at about 20:30 on Thursday.

Formal identification is yet to take place but Mr Hutchison’s family have been informed.

The 36-year-old was reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was last seen on CCTV footage leaving the Dakota Hotel in nearby South Queensferry at 01:00.

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Two hours earlier, he had tweeted: “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.”

Shortly afterwards, he added: “I’m away now. Thanks.”

The police search had focused on South Queensferry, as well as the Forth Road Bridge and into Fife.

‘Help others’

His family, who urged him to “just come home” because “we love you so much” at an emotional media conference on Thursday, said the singer had been in a “very fragile state” before his disappearance.

Mr Hutchison had spoken openly about his battle with depression, with elder brother Neil saying he had done so “in an attempt to help other people with similar conditions”.

If you or someone you know has been affected by mental health problems, these organisations may be able to help.

Frightened Rabbit were formed by Mr Hutchison and brother Grant on drums. The band released their debut album Sing the Greys in 2006, and went on to release four more albums.

The brothers also released a critically-acclaimed album last month as part of Mastersytem – a supergroup that also included Justin Lockey from the band Editors.

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Scott Hutchison was last seen after visiting the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry


News that a body had been discovered sparked tributes from fans and musicians.

Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody paid tribute on Instagram to “one of Scotland’s most extraordinary song writers”.

He said Mr Hutchison “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”.

‘Awful news’

Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted: “Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.”

Stuart Murdoch, from Belle and Sebastian, wrote: “Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome.”

DJ Edith Bowman said: “Can’t really believe I’m reading this. Saddest awakening ever. Love and best wishes to all the Hutchison and Frabbit family.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also tweeted: “Heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with Scott’s family, friends and fans. A remarkable and much loved talent.”

The musician is originally from Selkirk but had been living in Glasgow.


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Scott Hutchison formed Frightened Rabbit – pictured here at Glastonbury in 2013 – alongside his brother Grant, the band’s drummer

Frightened Rabbit – a band of brothers

Frightened Rabbit were formed with Scott Hutchison on vocals and guitar and his brother Grant on drums.

The lineup changed with the addition of Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, Simon Liddell and former band member Gordon Skene, who left in 2014 after five years.

They released their debut album Sing the Greys in 2006, and went on to release four more albums.

Scott also released a solo record called Owl John.

Scott and Grant had recently formed a new band called Mastersystem, joining forces with Justin Lockey from Editors and his brother James, a film maker.

Their debut album, Dance Music, was released last month.

Scott had also hinted at a sixth Frightened Rabbit album being released before the end of the year, saying they had five or six songs that were coming together.

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