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BIG COUNTRY SINGER DIES: Depressed and alone in a hotel room, Stuart couldn't take it anymore and hanged himself.

Byline: GRAHAM TIBBETTS

SCOTS rock star Stuart Adamson hanged himself in a hotel room after his marriage collapsed.

The lead singer of Big Country was discovered by a room-maid in Hawaii, six weeks after splitting with his wife Melanie.

He fled their US home in Nashville, Tennessee, and was last seen by friends drinking heavily.

Yesterday, staff at the Best Western's Plaza Hotel near Honolulu Airport were still in shock after he was found dead in a pounds 55-a-night on Sunday.

Cops say they are not treating the death as suspicious.

US showbiz reporter Brad Schmidt said: "This is a terrible tragedy.

"Stuart was a great guy. He had only recently split up from Melanie and obviously he was down about the whole situation.

"Friends have told me that she is totally devastated about his death but they were having problems for some time."

Adamson's manager and friend of more than 20 years, Ian Grant, led the tributes last night.

He said: "He was a great guy and I know there will be a lot of people will feel the same way.

"Someone close to me has died and I feel like I am in some kind of void."

This was Adamson's second disappearance in two years, following his withdrawal from a Bryan Adams gig in Britain in 1999, which some put down to his trauma at harrowing scenes he witnessed during gigs in Kosovo.

Earlier this year, he was also forced to pull out of a gig in Edinburgh due to renewed booze problems.

Adamson had fought a long-running battle with the bottle throughout his career.

He was due in court in the US to face a drink-driving charge earlier this month but never appeared.

And he failed to return home to his second wife, Melanie, and son Callum - despite leaving them a note to say he would be back soon.

The Manchester-born guitarist and singer grew up in Dunfermline, Fife.

He formed punk outfit The Skids in the 1970s with Richard Jobson as the frontman.

After a string of hits and Top of the Pops appearances Adamson quit to go his own way.

And his career blossomed when he set up Big Country in the early 1980s.

The four-piece band drew on folk influences to give their guitar-driven rock a distinctive Scottish flavour.

They went on to notch 17 top 30 singles, among them In a Big Country and Fields of Fire.

In 1985 Adamson announced he was quitting booze and managed to stay dry for 12 years.

After splitting from first wife Sandra, he moved to Nashville to immerse himself in the country music scene.

There he formed a new band, The Raphaels, and met his second wife, hairdresser Melanie Shelley.

Ian Grant, who first met Stuart in 1977, said: "He was a man I had a lot of respect for.

"You don't stay with someone in this business for that length of time unless that is the case.

"I just cannot believe it. My heart goes out to his family.

"I have just lost one of the finest people I have ever worked with or been lucky enough to know.

""God bless you Stuart."

Big Country colleague Bruce Watson spoke to the 43-year-old father-of-two on the phone not long before he went missing.

He said: "I could tell he was in a bad way but he seemed determined to get sober.

"We spoke about the possibility of getting a band together as we had been approached to play some gigs in the Balkans and Falklands.

"He joked about previous press reports that he was traumatised by the gigs we did in Kosovo.

"He came to the conclusion that the most traumatic experience he had on the trip was sitting in the tour bus with the actress Vanessa Redgrave for three hours.

"He still had his sense of humour but I could tell he was hurting badly."

In Hawaii last night Investigator Jimmy Annino of the medical examiner's office said: "Cause of death was asphyxiation by hanging

He added: "He was found in his hotel room by a member of staff but we are not releasing other details.

"We are still waiting to inform his relatives."

A manager at the hotel refused too discuss the death.

And a spokesman for Best Western hotels also said she could not make any comment.

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HITS: Big Country albums; WORKING OUT: Stuart and first wife Sandra getting physical; HOME LIFE: With Sandra and their son Callum; PUNK START: Skids paved the way; HALCYON DAYS: Mixing with Rolling Stones; LAST RESORT: Stuart's body was found in a Honolulu hotel room; POP TSARS: The Moscow concert marked a stage of the group's meteoric rise
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