Keith Charles Flint, an English vocalist, musician, dancer and lead singer of Brit Award-winning electronic music band The Prodigy, had died aged 49. He was found dead at his home in Essex in the United Kingdom on Monday March 4th.
The Prodigy have confirmed the sad news by releasing an official statement: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for repeating the privacy of all concerned this time.” The band’s official Instagram page further stated that Flint had committed suicide.
Flint’s death was also confirmed by an Essex police spokesman. He said: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday. We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Flint was born in Redbridge, London on 17 September 1969. He had a difficult childhood, dropping out of school when he was 15, whilst his parents divorced when he was young. He previously told press that he never felt comfortable at home: “I hated being at home so much that I’d go in for a dinner – which was statutory – and if it wasn’t ready for three minutes, I’d go out again and come back three minutes later.”
Music was the only place where he could escape and express his difficult feelings. Flint was an incredibly talented artist. The Prodigy’s biggest hits include ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’ – singles from the multi-platinum 1997 album The Fat of the Land. The Prodigy was the first dance group to appear as a star performer at Glastonbury Festival. His presence – both on stage, and on record – will be remembered for many years to come.
After his death, tributes were paid from celebrities across the music and entertainment industry.