It is with the heaviest of hearts that we bring you the news of Keith Flint’s passing. The unapologetically unique frontman of The Prodigy was found dead in his home on Monday morning at age 49. The loss for the rave community is immeasurable, as Flint was not only one of the pioneers of the underground rave scene, but also one of its strongest advocates. He was a dancer, singer and all around creative soul whose captivating stage performances made him one of electronic music’s earliest and most memorable personalities. Sporting a bleached double mohawk, eyeliner, and full body tattoos, Flint literally and proverbially danced on the line between electronic and metal, converting fans on both sides.
The Essex Police confirmed Flint’s death, issuing the following statement: “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 4th. 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.”
A few hours ago, fellow founding member Liam Howlett confirmed Flint’s cause of death as suicide in a post on The Prodigy’s Instagram
The Prodigy have been on a tour in support of their latest album, No Tourists, and were slated to perform at a number of US festivals this summer, includingChicago Open Airand Welcome to Rockville. This is the second huge loss for the group, following the death of their longtime manager, Mike Champion, in January. The entire staff at Fresh Music Freaks sends our deepest sympathy and condolences to the members and fans of The Prodigy.
We would also like to remind you that if you EVER need someone to talk to, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by phone at 1-800-273-8255 or by texting 838255.
*Featured Image Via Instagram @theprodigyofficial*