It is one of the saddest things in the world to report on the loss of an artist, cut down in their prime. A life ahead of them; journeys left unfinished, words left unsaid. The death of Scott Hutchinson, founder and lead singer of Frightened Rabbit is especially sad since it was, for all intents and purposes, self-inflicted. A history of depression, a depression he spoke about publicly; partly as catharsis and partly as a wish to raise awareness of a devastating, crushing illness.
Missing since Wednesday (May 9), family and friends feared the worst, two cryptic tweets were posted the day before he went missing: “Be so good to everyone you love,” the first tweet said. “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.”
“I’m away now. Thanks,” read the second tweet, posted a few minutes later.
And yesterday (May 10) Police reported finding a body that matched Hutchinson’s description – and the worst fears were realized. Shortly after, band mates posted this on the Frightened Rabbit webpage:
MAY 11, 2018 • 2:08 PM
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
So as a remembrance and tribute to an artist of unquestionable gifts; whose death has shocked and saddened all those around him, and all those who shared a great love and admiration for Scott and what he was all about, here is Frightened Rabbit’s performance at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival.