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Prodigy icon Keith Flint dies aged 49

The music world was shocked after death of prodigy legend Keith Flint.

Found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex, on Monday morning, Keith Flint known for his Green spiky hair and out-there piercings, has left a space no one else can fill.

Flint sang lead vocals on both the band’s number one singles, Firestarter and Breath.

Prodigy, who were due to tour the US in May, confirmed his death in a statement, remembering Flint as a

“true pioneer, innovator and legend”

Bandmate Liam Howlett posted on The Prodigy’s official Instagram account in a heart-breaking statement:

“I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend”

“I’m shell-shocked… angry, confused and heartbroken.”

Singer James Blunt said The Prodigy star had showed him kindness when others in the industry did not.

And TV personality Gail Porter, who dated Flint in the late 1990s – when the three members of the Prodigy were all in relationships with poster girls of “ladette culture” – later tweeted the single word “Heartbroken”.

The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons remembered him as “a great man” who was “always great fun to be around”.

DJ Jo Whiley described Flint as “an absolute sweetheart” and “iconic front man”.

Dance duo Chase & Status said:

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life-changing music they made and championed.”

Born Keith Charles Flint on 17 September 1969, the singer had an unhappy childhood in Braintree, Essex, feuding with his parents, who split when he was young.

A bright boy with dyslexia, he was disruptive in class, and was thrown out of school at the age of 15.

Finding work as a roofer, he immersed himself in the acid house scene of the late 80s – meeting Howlett at an open-air rave in 1989.

Impressed by Howlett’s DJ skills, he approached him and asked for a personalised mixtape. Howlett obliged, scoring the word “Prodigy” on the cover in reference to his favourite synthesiser and putting a selection of his original songs on the B-side.

Liam howlett and keith flint collecting an award for the prodigy
Liam Howlett and Keith Flint, Prodigy

Keith Flint drug problem

During 2004 Flint had created a dependance to prescription drugs, he told the times in 2009, that he would line up tablets on the table and take them till he passed out!

While still remaining part of the band in 2004, Flint did not appear on the album:
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.

He decided to get clean after meeting Japanese DJ Mayumi Kai, giving up drugs, cigarettes and alcohol around the time of their marriage, in 2006.

Just three years later, The Prodigy regrouped and created the album Invaders Must Die.

The first single, Omen, was a major success, bringing back that classic sound we all know and love, returning to festival stages and stadiums around the world.

the prodigy single omen cover photo
The Prodigy Omen single from the album Invaders Must Die

In a statement, Essex police said:

“We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 08:10 on Monday, 4 March.

“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.”

The Prodigy Firestarter Official Video

If this article has affected you or you are struggling to cope, please click on this link to access support services, including The Samaritans.

Such a sad loss, at such a young age!

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