Update: Former Big Country Singer Dies

Stuart Adamson, former lead singer of Scottish rock act Big Country, was found dead yesterday (Dec. 16) in a hotel room in Hawaii. He was 43.

Stuart Adamson, former lead singer of Scottish rock act Big Country, was found dead yesterday (Dec. 16) in a hotel room in Hawaii. He was 43.

"I have just lost one of the finest people I have ever worked with or been lucky enough to know," said Adamson's manager, Ian Grant, in confirming the death in a statement posted today on his Track Records Web site.

Adamson's body, found Sunday at the Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, was positively identified through fingerprints. Nashville Detective Clinton Vogel said the British-born Adamson apparently killed himself, but declined to discuss specifics. An autopsy is planned.

In the late 1990s, Adamson, who was fighting alcoholism, had moved to Nashville. In November, he skipped a court date regarding a drunken driving incident, and was reported missing by his estranged wife, Melanie Shelley.

Shortly after, Grant posted all known information about his whereabouts on the site in an effort to find the singer. On Dec. 14, Grant wrote that Adamson had on Dec. 3 checked out of a Nashville hotel, and included a note to the missing artist that read, "Stuart, if you read this. Call Me. Or call your folks in Scotland. No need to feel ashamed mate. There is a huge amount of concern for you from all folks you know and don't know."

Born in Manchester, England, and raised in Scotland, Adamson formed Big Country in 1981 with longtime friend/guitarist Bruce Watson. Bassist Tony Butler and drummer Mark Brzezicki eventually completed the lineup.

The band recorded eight studio albums, earning two Grammy Award nominations the first, "The Crossing" (Mercury). The album peaked at No. 18 on The Billboard 200, and spawned the single "In a Big Country," which reached No. 17 on The Billboard Hot 100.

Through early 2000, the band set off on a brief European farewell tour, and played its final gig in May 2000 at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom.

Watson, Butler, and Brzezicki "are too shocked to make a statement at this time," according to Grant's post. "It is a very painful time."

In Nashville, Adamson had been working on and off with a band known as the Raphaels. Marcus Hummon, Raphaels co-founder, remembered Adamson on the Track Records site, saying "Stuart was a good man who experienced breathtaking highs and desperate lows, who loved his children, who was a great artist, a fine fisherman... a generous and dear friend. I also know that he was deeply troubled, as it turns out, beyond my reach. It was an honor to make music with such a great Scottish artist, and to be his friend. I miss him. God bless him and his family."

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