Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, whose bleak but often triumphantly arranged rock songs tackled depression, anxiety and self-doubt, was found dead Thursday at Port Edgar near South Queensberry, Scotland around 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday evening, Edinburgh Police confirmed in a statement provided to NPR. He was 36.
“Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you,” a statement from Hutchison’s family reads. “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 willigness 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.”
Frightened Rabbit performed many times throughout their decade-plus career on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Always lighting up the studio with their anthemic and thoughtful indie rock. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and bandmates. We will continue to update this post with thoughts and tributes.
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