The body of a man near South Queensferry has been confirmed as being missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison.
The discovery was made at Port Edgar at around 20:30 on Thursday.
The band had previously put out an appeal saying that their frontman and founding member Scott had been missing “for some time” and was officially reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday. He was last seen on CCTV footage after visiting the nearby Dakota Hotel.
Band members, including 36-year-old Scott’s brother Grant, had suggested that he “may not be making the best decisions for himself right now”.
The police search had focused on South Queensferry, as well as the Forth Road Bridge and into Fife.
The band made his disappearance public on Wednesday, before reporting that there had been no updates as to his whereabouts within the first 24 hours.
Scott posted tweets on 8 May which had given friends and family cause for worry.
Hutchison urged his followers to “hug your loved ones” before writing “I’m away now. Thanks.”
The band have now issued the following statement:
“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.”
Frightened Rabbit had been due to support Father John Misty in Halifax on May 26, and are among the bands on the bill for the 2000 Trees festival in Cheltenham this summer.
The acclaimed band have released five albums, with the first three being released on the legendary Fat Cat label, before they moved to Atlantic Records, who released their most recent full-length, 2016’s Painting of a Panic Attack.
Many fans and individuals from within the music community have shown their support for the much-loved and respected act.
If you have been affected by this story, you can contact The Samaritans on 116 123 or The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 0800 58 58 58.