Keith Flint, the energetic frontman for the British electronic group The Prodigy, died this weekend. He was 49. The singer was found dead in his home in Essex, England.
Speaking to NME, an Essex Police spokesperson said: “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. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” the band said in a statement. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
An official cause of death has yet to be released, but the Prodigy founder Liam Howlett wrote on Instagram that 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. I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother.”
The Prodigy recently wrapped up a tour of Australia with plans to play shows in Colombia and Austria in April followed by a U.S. tour in May. They were also booked to play various European festivals this summer including Spain’s Doctor Music Festival and the South West Four event in Clapham, London.
Our thoughts go out to Flint’s family and friends during this difficult time.
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