Keith Flint, lead singer and founding member of Brit electronic dance/hard rock-crossover band, The Prodigy, has passed away today, March 4. Police confirmed Flint, age 49, was found dead early this morning at his home in Dunmow, Essex. A spokesperson for the police force stated the following:
“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. 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.”
The cause of his death is unknown, although surviving members of the band stated it was a suicide. Liam Howlett, Maxim and Leeroy Thornhill said, over their Instagram:
“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 heartbroken ….. r.i.p brother.”
The eye-liner touting, spikey-haired frontman was the face of the band, whose many 90s hits, including “Firestarter” and “Breathe,” were the first fusion of techno, breakbeat, and acid house music. The Prodigy are considered among the first pioneers for bringing “rave music” from the insular underground to international attention.