Well, as you’ve probably read by now Scott Hutchison‘s body has been found. Hutchison was the lead singer from the great Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. Just a few days ago, the band had posted about Scott going missing. Before winding up missing, he had sent out two troubling Tweets that read: “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” and “I’m away now. Thanks.”
After a multiple day search for his whereabouts, Hutchison was found earlier today. Frightened Rabbit shared this statement:
“There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that comes with the death of our beloved Scott but to know he is no longer suffering brings us some comfort. Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely and we encourage you to continue doing this. He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared. Rest peacefully Scott.
Grant, Billy, Andy and Simon x”
Frightened Rabbit had a breakout hit with their second album The Midnight Organ Fight back in 2008. Since then they have released three more records, the last being 2016’s Painting Of A Panic Attack. Earlier this year, the band had embarked on a 10th anniversary tour of The Midnight Organ Fight, and were set to start working on new material. Scott also formed a new side-project called Mastersystem, whose debut LP Dance Music came out back in April.
Much of what made Frightened Rabbit (and Hutchison’s solo project Owl John) so captivating came from the lyrics. Scott wrote so openly about everything he had been struggling with, and made his darkness reach points of catharsis for many fans around the world, me being one of them. It’s difficult to fully wrap my head around this tragedy, but at the same time it’s the news I’ve been dreading since first hearing of his disappearance. Scott dealt with depression and mental illness, but used that as fuel to make some of the most impactful music of the last 10 years or so. I can only hope he had truly known what his music meant to so many people. But at the same time, that still might not have saved him from himself.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here: 1-800-273-8255.
Whatever you do, whoever you are, wherever you are: know that people love you.
Today, let’s all remember Scott for the brilliant songwriter and kind-hearted person he was. Play some Frightened Rabbit. Play it loud. And try to live by some his last words: “be so good to everyone you love.”
Rest in peace Scott Hutchison.