Sarah Silverman, Haley Williams, Snow Patrol and members of Franz Ferdinand, The National and others have taken to social media to mourn the death of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison after the singer-guitarist’s body was discovered Thursday in Port Edgar, Queensferry, just west of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital.
Police Scotland issued a statement Friday from Hutchison’s family that said the Hutchison had been struggling with mental health problems. Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death.
Frightened Rabbit’s collective Instagram account shared a statement Friday morning honoring their bandmate. “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,” the note reads. “Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely, and we encourage you all to continue doing this.”
Paramore’s Hayley Williams dedicated a tweet to her fellow lead singer, writing “These kinds of deaths are becoming more and more frequent in our music communities. I cannot lie, it scares the shit out of me. All my heart goes out to the Frightened Rabbit family — band, team, and fans. So sorry.”
these kinds of deaths are becoming more and more frequent in our music communities. i cannot lie, it scares the shit out of me. all my heart goes out to the Frightened Rabbit family – band, team, and fans. so sorry.
— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) May 11, 2018
Other bands, like Snow Patrol took, to Twitter as well. The band’s collective account tweeted that it was “devastated to hear the news about our friend Scott Hutchison this morning,” while frontman Gary Lightbody penned a longer tribute on his personal Instagram account. “He wrote with such profound insight into loss and longing and listening to his words,” the singer wrote. “He was willing to hurt in his songs so that the listener hurt less.”
We are devastated to hear the news about our friend Scott Hutchison this morning. Sending all our love to his family, friends and band mates in frightened rabbit. Xxx
— Snow Patrol (@snowpatrol) May 11, 2018
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I just heard the news about Scott Hutchison. 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.x
Those outside the music community also joined in the memorializing. Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted, “To Scott Hutchison’s brothers and family I’m so sorry. I’m just so sorry.”
To @owljohn ‘s brothers and family I’m so sorry. I’m just so sorry.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 11, 2018
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I am profoundly saddened by the passing of Scott Hutchison. His music, his voice, and his words have meant, and will continue to mean the world to me. My deepest condolences to his family, and his friends. Love and solidarity.
— repurposed pagan harvest festival Baruchel 🇨🇦 (@BaruchelNDG) May 11, 2018
To me, it’s a beautiful love song about breaking up and the inevitable draw back to the one you love. One of many lyrical, heartfelt and moving songs by @FRabbits and Scott Hutchison. On each playing I discover more in the lyrics and music. Much love Scott.
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) May 10, 2018
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— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) May 11, 2018
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.
— stuart murdoch (@nee_massey) May 11, 2018
I’m lost for words on hearing the awful news about Scott Hutchison. My deepest condolences are with his family and friends. I didn’t know Scott very well but I always enjoyed his company whenever I was in it. He was a lovely, warm talented guy and was loved by so many people.
— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) May 11, 2018
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Will have a hard time thinking about anything for a while but this beautiful man and the songs he leaves behind….songs which explore the depths of human despair with such poetry. I hope they ultimately shine a brighter light on mental health issues and how precious, fragile and ephemeral life is. #scotthutchison
Devastated by the loss of Scott Hutchison who gave so much with his beautiful music. Sending love to our friends in @FRabbits
— Bryce Dessner (@bryce_dessner) May 11, 2018
Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.
— Αλεξ Καπράνος (@alkapranos) May 11, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the news of our labelmate Scott Hutchison, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. In the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You are never alone.
— Δ (alt-J) (@alt_J) May 11, 2018
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 11, 2018
Our thoughts are with the family & friends of FR’s Scott Hutchison at this difficult time. RIP x
— You Me At Six (@youmeatsix) May 11, 2018
Terribly sad to hear the news regarding Scott Hutchison. As mentioned before, we didn’t know each other personally – but there is always empathy and a bond between fellow touring musicians, especially contemporaries of a similar age group, so this hits particularly hard.
— The Cribs (@thecribs) May 11, 2018
💔 for all of us, today. https://t.co/xNQbY33ppH
— Geoffrey Rickly (@GeoffRickly) May 11, 2018
To our friend, inspiration and hero, Scott Hutchison. pic.twitter.com/pdNWnxhqAk
— PAWS (@wehavepaws) May 11, 2018