The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49, BBC News reports. He was found dead at home in Dunmow, Essex this morning, police confirmed. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Police said they were “called to concerns for the welfare of a man” just after 8am, a police spokesperson said. “Sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.” The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett wrote on Instagram that Flint died by suicide.
A genuine rave legend, Flint was known for his distinctive devil-haired look and his vocals on hits like “Firestarter”. He was born in east London and moved to Essex as a child, later meeting The Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett out at a rave.
Alongside Howlett and MC/vocalist Maxim, Flint helped turn The Prodigy into one of the UK’s biggest bands, first as a dancer and later a vocalist. Together, the group produced stadium-sized anthems fusing the cut-and-paste hip hop and rave culture they grew up on.
The group earned the ire of the tabloids with anarchic tracks like “Smack My Bitch Up”, which was banned by the BBC and MTV and was once voted the “most controversial track” ever by PRS.
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. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” the band wrote on Twitter. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
The Prodigy’s most recent album was 2018’s No Tourists. Flint had recently returned to the UK from a tour of Australia, and was due to start a US tour with the group in May.
Watch the video for “Firestarter” below.
Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 (UK) and 116 123 (ROI). The US National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.