The Prodigy Frontman Keith Flint Dead at 49
According to reports, Flint was found dead in his home in Essex this morning. A spokesman for the local police department said that his body was discovered while performing a wellness check, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Flint's Prodigy bandmates Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality confirmed the news in a joint statement, which reads:
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.— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019
We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t
Howlett made an additional statement via Instagram, saying, "The news is true, I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I'm shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken."
Howlett formed the Prodigy in 1990 with Flint, Maxim, Leeroy Thornhill and Sharky. Initially, Flint was brought on as a dancer, but later became the band's lead vocalist.
The Prodigy's most recent album, No Tourists, arrived just last fall. The group were slated to embark on U.S. and European tours this spring and summer.
See some of the messages of sympathy from the Prodigy's peers and fans below.
so sad to hear about Keith Flint,we played many gigs with the prodigy over the years and they were always friendly and supportive.he was an amazing front man, a true original and he will be missed.tom&ed x— The Chemical Brothers (@ChemBros) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint. Very sad to hear the news that he's passed away. I wouldn't do what I do without him and The Prodigy in my life. A huge inspiration to me and many others 😔 pic.twitter.com/gXb8cHJGbW— Friction (@friction) March 4, 2019
argh.— Rou Reyno (@RouReynolds) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint you bloody legend.
The Prodigy were one of the first big bands we supported years ago and Keith single-handedly shattered my presumption that big stars would have an arrogance and aloofness about them. He was so welcoming, sweet and passionate. 💙
Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint. Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre. 😓#RIPKeithFlint— Jo Whiley (@jowhiley) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint, beautiful man, incredible pioneer. Remembering the special times we had together making Empire. Heartbroken. Rest in Peace Brother. X— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) March 4, 2019
Long Live Keith Flint. pic.twitter.com/irZLRaykOH— XL Recordings (@XLRECORDINGS) March 4, 2019
We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint. He's played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman. Here's a clip from '97 when they were the first dance band to headline Glastonbury - a huge, unforgettable moment. pic.twitter.com/9fxKBonfVa— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 4, 2019
R.I.P KEITH FLINT a beautiful human.— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 4, 2019
Truly in shock to read the news about the passing of Keith Flint. His work was a massive inspiration, breaking boundaries. Rest in peace— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) March 4, 2019
Absolutely gutted to hear about Keith Flint's passing. One of the greats. Best live show I ever saw. RIP.— Frank Turner (@frankturner) March 4, 2019