Tributes paid to “passionate, charismatic” singer

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Tributes are being paid to Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison after police in Scotland confirmed his death.

Scottish police confirmed on Friday that the body of Mr Hutchison had been found at Port Edgar marina at about 8.30pm on Thursday.

The 36-year-old had been missing since Wednesday after reportedly being seen leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry near Fife in Scotland at 1am that morning.

The singer had spoken openly about his battle with depression and mental health struggles, and had written about anxiety, isolation and relationships in his music. He had tweeted from his Twitter account on Tuesday: “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. I’m away now. Thanks.”

In a statement released through Police Scotland, Mr Hutchison’s family, which includes bandmate and brother Grant as well as third sibling Neil, said they were “utterly devastated” by his death.

“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.”

The family said Scott’s “willingness to discuss” his depression publicly “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 now ask that our privacy be respected so that we may come to terms with our loss,” the statement finished.

Musicians including Irish artist James Vincent McMorrow paid tribute following the discovery of the body:

Frightened Rabbit released their fifth studio album in 2016 and had played in Cork on a number of occasions, including a Cyprus Avenue show in February 2017. They had been invited to play the Meltdown Festival, curated by Robert Smith of The Cure, in London in June, as well as supporting US artist Father John Misty this month.