Keith Flint, vocalist of the Prodigy, has died at the age of 49. He was found at his home in Essex on Monday.
Keith Flint’s distinctive attitude, double mowhawk, vocals and stage antics made him one of the most recognizable figures on the British electronic scene, with hits including “Firestarter” and “Breathe” propelling the group to success throughout Europe and the United States.
No official cause of death has been released by authorities, but according to an Instagram statement posted the Prodigy band member Liam Howlett, Flint died by suicide. “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” Howlett wrote. “I’m shell shocked, f****n angry , confused and heart broken.”
In an official statement, the Prodigy said: “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.”
The Prodigy had planned to tour North America starting in May in support of their 2018 album, “No Tourists.” The band had toured Australia in January and February.
As news of Flint’s death spread, so did tributes from fellow musicians and fans. Ed Simons of Chemical Brothers tweeted: “He was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom [Rowlands] and I when we first started doing shows together.”