Scott Hutchison: Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody in tribute to Frightened Rabbit singer

Gary Lightbody has paid tribute to Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchinson
Gary Lightbody has paid tribute to Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchinson

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has paid tribute to Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison.

News broke on Friday morning that police searching for the missing Scottish singer had found a body on Thursday evening. It was later confirmed that the body was that of the missing musician.

Mr Hutchisons family raised concerns after tweets were sent by Scott shortly before he was last seen.

Mr Hutchisons family raised concerns after tweets were sent by Scott shortly before he was last seen.

The 36-year-old was last seen at around 1 am on Wednesday morning after leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry, west of Edinburgh.

His body was discovered by police at Port Edgar near South Queensferry at 8.30pm on Thursday.

Posting on Instagram, Bangor native Lightbody said Hutchison's music 'brought light to the world'.

"I just heard the news about Scott Hutchison," he wrote.

Gary Lightbody on Scott Hutchison: I just wish he knew what he meant to so many.

Gary Lightbody on Scott Hutchison: I just wish he knew what he meant to so many.

"One of Scotland’s most extraordinary songwriters. 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"

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. 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 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."

Mr Hutchison’s family raised concerns after tweets were sent by Scott shortly before he was last seen.

At around 11pm on Tuesday, he wrote: “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.”

Minutes later he added: “I’m away now. Thanks.”