Tuesday 24 September 2019

Tragic singer predicted his own suicide in song

Tragic Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Tragic Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Gareth Davies

Scott Hutchison's family have talked of the Frightened Rabbit singer's battle with depression as it emerged he wrote a song about suicide near where his body was found.

Officers at Police Scotland made the discovery at Port Edgar near South Queensferry at 8.30pm on Thursday.

His family have been left "utterly devastated" and described how he "battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles".

Hutchison talked openly about mental illness, and the singer-songwriter wrote a song addressing suicide titled 'Floating in the Firth'.

In the chorus from the 2008 song, he sang: "And fully clothed, I float away down the Forth, into the sea. I think I'll save suicide for another day."

Three hours before he was last seen, at 1am on Wednesday, the frontman tweeted: "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."

The singer followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09pm with a message simply reading: "I'm away now. Thanks."

Mr Hutchison's family said: "As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott."

Irish Independent

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