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Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody pays tribute to tragic star Scott Hutchison


Legacy: Scott Hutchison

Legacy: Scott Hutchison


Gary Lightbody

Gary Lightbody

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Legacy: Scott Hutchison

Northern Ireland rock star Gary Lightbody has paid tribute to tragic Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison.

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

Police discovered his body at nearby Port Edgar at 8.30pm on Thursday.

Mr Hutchison's family said: "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."

Fellow musicians expressed their sadness, with Snow Patrol's Lightbody (above), from Bangor, paying tribute on Instagram to "one of Scotland's most extraordinary songwriters".

"Your music brought light to the world and always will," the singer added.

Frightened Rabbit members - Scott's brother Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Simon Liddell - said in a statement yesterday: "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."

They added: "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."

Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted "Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss", while Biffy Clyro posted: "So, so sad. So, so sorry."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described Mr Hutchison as "a remarkable and much loved talent".

Belfast Telegraph