A body found Thursday night is that of missing Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, police in Scotland confirmed Friday. "He's in a very fragile state and has been missing since last night and we're all incredibly anxious".
The 36-year-old band member had last been seen at around 1am on Wednesday after leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry.
"Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you", the statement read.
The family said Hutchison had "battled bravely with his own issues" for many years. Hutchison sent tweets late Tuesday saying "Please hug your loved ones" and "I'm away now". (The name came from Hutchinson's mother's nickname for him.) The band broke out with their second album, 2008's The Midnight Organ Fight, which introduced their marriage of emotionally raw lyrics about depression, suicide, and anonymous sex, to a cathartic sound that blended American rock and Scottish "Big Music." Over the years their popularity has continued to grow and their 2016 album, "Painting Of A Panic Attack", entered the United Kingdom chart at number 14.
The band was scheduled to perform later this month and through June in the United Kingdom, starting in Halifax, and hitting Glasgow, London, and Cheltenham.More news: FG Step Up Efforts Over Fresh Ebola Outbreak
Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol called Hutchison "one of Scotland's most extraordinary song writers" in a tribute on Instagram, while Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted, "Awful news about Scott Hutchison". The Cribs said, 'Terribly sad to hear the news regarding Scott Hutchison.
Hutchison's brother Grant asked fans for any information about his "brother/bandmate/best friend" and added that the missing singer did not have his phone, which was with police.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote: "Heartbreaking news".
Frightened Rabbit had recently completed a two-month 10th-anniversary tour titled "The Midnight Organ Fight", with sold-out dates during February and March in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington in the US, and Manchester, London and Glasgow in Britain. The band had recently been touring for the 10th anniversary of that album.
Scott's Frightened Rabbit bandmates - his brother Grant, alongside friends Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Simon Liddell - issued a public appeal via their official Twitter profile.