Body found in search for missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison

Scottish indie band lead singer had not been seen since posting concerning tweets on Wednesday night

Scott Hutchison
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A body has been found in the search for missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison.

Police Scotland discovered the body at Port Edgar, South Queensferry, just outside Edinburgh at about 8.30pm on Thursday.

The 36-year-old was reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday. He was last seen on CCTV footage after visiting the nearby Dakota Hotel.

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A formal identification has yet to take place “but the indie band singer's family have been informed”, says Sky News.

Hutchison's family had voiced their concerns after tweets were sent by the singer shortly before he was last seen.

At about 23:00 on Tuesday, he wrote: “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.”

Minutes later he added: “I'm away now. Thanks.”

Fans sent messages of support, summed up by Hutchison’s brother and bandmate, Grant, who told Radio X earlier this week: “The support’s been immense… There’s nothing that is so insurmountable that we can’t figure it out together and help you to get better and we’re all here for you and we all love you very much.”

Scott Hutchison formed Frightened Rabbit “initially as a solo project in 2003, before Grant joined him to record their debut album in 2006”, says The Guardian.

The band expanded to a five-piece, and “amassed a loyal following for their soul-baring, emotionally rich songwriting, including Aaron Dessner of US band the National who produced their most recent album, 2016’s Painting of a Panic Attack”, adds the paper.

Stuart Murdoch from Scottish band Belle and Sebastian wrote on Twitter: “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.”

In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.

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