Scott Hutchison wrote song about suicide as devastated family confirm his death

Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously)Credit:Police Scotland The frontman’s brother talked Wednesday of his “incredible worry” as police continued to search for him. Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen alive leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry in Scotland at 1am on Wednesday in a “very fragile state”.  Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously) In a statement released through Police Scotland, Mr Hutchison’s family said: “As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott. Scott Hutchison - lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit The band, which was formed in Selkirk in Scotland in 2003, are due to perform in Glasgow on June 1.During the early years, Hutchison began performing under the name Frightened Rabbit – a name given to him by his mother to describe his shy nature as a child.He began recording and performing with his brother Grant the following year and has collaborated a number of indie acts. Vocalist and guitarist Hutchison is the only ever-present member of Frightened Rabbit, who have released five studio albums. The latest, Painting of a Panic Attack released in 2016, reached number 16 in the UK album charts and the 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fights made NME’s top 100 albums of the decade.  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.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 I closed my eyes for a second and when they opened you weren’t there.And the door shut I was vacuum packed, Shrink-wrapped out of air.And the spine collapsed, and the eyes rolled back to stare at my starving brain.And fully clothed, I float away (I’ll float away) down the Forth, into the sea.I think I’ll save suicide for another day.And I picture this corpse on the M8 hearse and I half run away to sleep an a rolled up coat against the window with the strobe of the sun.And the life I’ve led ,am I ready to leap? Is there peace beneath the roar of the Forth road bridge?On the Northern side there’s a Fife of mine and a boat in the port for me.And fully clothed, I float away (I’ll float away) Down the Forth, into the sea I’ll steer myself through drunken waves.These manic gulls scream it’s okay. Take your life. Give it a shake. Gather up all your loose change.I think I’ll save suicide for another year.Songwriters: David Kennedy / Grant David Hutchison / Scott John HutchisonCopyright: Domino Publishing Company Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote: “Heartbreaking news. My  thoughts are with Scott’s family, friends and fans. A remarkable and much loved  talent.”  Lightbody paid tribute on Instagram to “one of Scotland’s most extraordinary song writers”.”He 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.”He was willing to hurt in his songs so that the listener hurt less. But when you live on the edge of that pain it can sometimes get to be too much to bear. I just wish he knew what he meant to so many.”Thank you Scott for every extraordinary song you ever wrote and for the times we shared. Your music brought light to the world and always will. So much love to all your family, band mates and close friends.”I am so deeply sorry for their loss. The world is less today without you Scott.” His band Frightened Rabbit have also issued a statement, saying Hutchison leaves a “legacy of hope, kindness and colour”.It read: “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.” He added: “He does suffer from depression, he has been very open about that in an attempt to help other people with similar conditions.”He’s kind, he’s a great uncle to my three kids, a fantastic wee brother and an inspiring guy who is one of my heroes. “”He’s an inspiration to me and I miss him very much.”Grant Hutchison, a drummer with the band, spoke about his brother being an “inspirational” figure and a “hero” who he missed very much. His last tweets prompted hundreds of supporters to come forward with messages of encouragement for the singer, including former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Saint Raymond and Frank Turner. But these turned to tributes on Friday as news filtered through that police had found a body. Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted: “Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.”Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian wrote: “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.” “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 belief to discuss their own issues.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “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.”He was passionate, articulate and charismatic, as well as being one of the funniest and kindest people we knew.”Friends and family would all agree that he had a brilliant sense of humour and was a great person to be around.”In addition to his musical success, Scott was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. Despite whatever else was going on in his life he always had time for those he cared for. It emerged the lead singer left the hotel without his phone and his brother Grant, who plays drums in the Scottish indie band, updated fans Thursday morning by saying: “We have no news to report on Scott’s whereabouts this morning.”Your support so far has been incredible and all we ask is you keep him in your thoughts, keep an eye out and keep sharing his picture online. Thanks for everything. Your kindness and positivity is keeping us going.”He signed off the message on Twitter with his initial, and it came after an Instagram post Wednesday pleading for help.In it, he said: “Has anyone seen my brother/bandmate/best friend? He’s in a very fragile state and has been missing since last night and we’re all incredibly worried.”On Thursday Mr Hutchison’s brothers, Grant and Neil, said they were “distraught” about his disappearance and appealed for him to get in touch.The pair spoke about their sibling’s fight with depression and how he had helped others by speaking about his condition.Elder brother Neil, 38, said: “In relation to Frightened Rabbit, the band and Scott’s work and how many people he himself has helped who might be suffering from the same emotions and feelings, that’s been great to read.” Floating in the Forth by Frightened Rabbit (lyrics)So you just stepped out of the front of my house and I’ll never see you again. Scott Hutchison – lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of youFamily of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison Scott Hutchison’s family have talked of the Frightened Rabbit singer’s battle with depression as it emerged he wrote a song about suicide near where his body was found. Officers at Police Scotland made the discovery at Port Edgar near South Queensferry at 8.30pm on Thursday.His family have been left “utterly devastated” and described how he “battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles”.Hutchison talked openly about mental illness, and the singer-songwriter wrote a song addressing suicide titled Floating in the Forth. In the chorus from the 2008 song he sang: “And fully clothed, I float away Down the Forth, into the sea. I think I’ll save suicide for another day.”Three hours before he was last seen, at 1am on Wednesday, the frontman 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.”The singer followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09pm with message simply reading: “I’m away now. Thanks.”

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