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'Pioneer, innovator and legend': Prodigy frontman Keith Flint dies aged 49

Tributes have been pouring in for the singer, who reportedly died by suicide.

Updated Mar 4th 2019, 12:53 PM

The Prodigy at Brixton - London Keith Flint on stage in London in December 2017. Source: EMPICS Entertainment

PRODIGY FRONTMAN KEITH Flint has died aged 49.

The vocalist was found dead at his home in Essex this morning.

The cause of his death has not yet been officially confirmed but his bandmate Liam Howlett said Flint took his own life, adding that he was “confused and heartbroken”. 

Essex Police said in a statement: “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, March 4.

“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 originally a dancer with the rave/dance group, but went on to perform vocals on their two biggest hits in the 1990s: Firestarter and Breathe. 

His band, founded by keyboardist Howlett during the English underground rave scene at the start of that decade, went on to become a multi-million selling outfit, headlining arena shows and festivals.

They were an extremely popular live draw in Ireland throughout their late 90s-early 2000s heyday, and most recently headlined the closing night of last year’s Electric Picnic festival in Co Laois.

Alongside Howlett and fellow vocalist Maxim, Flint was one of three core members of The Prodigy throughout the group’s 29-year career.

They had recently returned from a tour of Australia and were due to start their first headlining tour of the US in a decade this May.

‘Pioneer, innovator and legend’

The band paid tribute to Flint today, saying: “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 respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”

Friends and people in the entertainment industry have been paying tribute to Flint, with DJ Jo Whiley describing him as an “incredible, iconic frontman with a soft centre”.

- With reporting from Órla Ryan and Michelle Hennessy 

Need help? Support is available:

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  • Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie (suicide, self-harm)
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