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Frightened Rabbit Singer Scott Hutchison Dies at 36

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Scott Hutchison, singer and guitarist for the Scottish indie rock group Frightened Rabbit, has died at the age of 36. His body was found by Scottish police on Thursday, after Hutchison was reported missing on Wednesday.

The day before he was reported missing, Hutchison shared several cryptic tweets.

The cause of death has not been released. In a statement, Hutchison’s family said the singer struggled with depression:

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.

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 believe to discuss their own issues.

Hutchison spoke openly about his mental health. In an interview with Noisey the week before, Hutchison rated himself a “solid six out of ten.”

On a day-to-day basis, I’m a solid six out of ten. I don’t know how often I can hope for much more than that. I’m drawn to negatives in life, and I dwell on them, and they consume me. I don’t think I’m unique in that sense. I’m all right with a six. If I get a couple of days a week at a seven, (expletive), it’s great.

Frightened Rabbit also released a statement on Twitter following the loss of their bandmate and friend.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Image via Wikimedia Commons/Paul Stevenson

Originally published: May 11, 2018
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