Tributes from family, friends and fans have been pouring in on social media this afternoon as  Police Scotland have confirmed that the body recovered at Port Edgar, near South Queensferry at around 8.30pm on Thursday 10th May is that of Scott Hutchison, lead singer of Scottish Indie Rock Band  Frightened Rabbit, that headlined Electric Fields Festival 2017 in Dumfries and Galloway.

An investigation had been launched after the 36-year-old singer was reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday 9th May.

His last tweets posted late evening of May 8th said –

“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.”

Followed by “I’m away now. Thanks.”

In a statement released through Police Scotland, Scott’s family said:

As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott. 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.
“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 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.
“To all of those who have come forward with such kind messages of support over the past couple of days, we wish to express our most sincerest of thanks. We have been overwhelmed by the love that has been conveyed, not only to Scott, but to our family. It means the world to us.
“We also want to thank Police Scotland and the Dakota Hotel for all of their assistance since Wednesday.
“We now ask that our privacy be respected so that we may come to terms with our loss.”
A moving post on the bands own social media stated “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 uis and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hop, Kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared. Love Grant, Billy, Andy and Simon x”

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