The Prodigy Frontman Keith Flint Dead At 49, Cause Of Death Investigated
Keith Flint, frontman for British electronic band The Prodigy, was found dead in his home in England early Monday morning. Although the cause of death is not yet confirmed, police reports have declared the death unsuspicious and fellow bandmate Liam Howlett has suggested it was suicide. Flint was 49 years old.
Keith Flint Dead: Cause Of Death Investigated
The Prodigy first rose to fame in the early 1990’s, although Flint would not become the lead vocalist until 1996. Beginning as the band’s dancer, Flint wowed original band members Howlett, MC, Maxim, Leeroy Thornhill and Sharky with his talent and became the lead singer for the band’s 1997 album The Fat of the Land, an album which earned The Prodigy their first Grammy nomination. The band is often credited with helping to pioneer the genre of big beat, along with other British groups The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. The Prodigy’s most recent album, No Tourists, debuted in November of 2018 on the UK Albums Chart.
Flint’s death was first confirmed by the band’s founder Howlett via The Prodigy’s Instagram page on Monday morning. “The news is true,” he wrote. “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend, I’m shell shocked, f** angry, confused and heart broken.” A Twitter post later in the day also confirmed Flint’s death.
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. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t
— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019
Meanwhile, a number of fellow musicians have expressed their grief over Flint’s death. In an emotional post, singer-songwriter Gary Numan called Flint’s death “terrible, tragic news” and bemoaned the “loss to the world.” Gaz Coombes, the frontman for the English alternative rock band Supergrass – who toured withe The Prodigy in1998 – gave a tribute to Flint by calling him a “warm, sweet guy.”
Just woke up and read about Keith Flint. That is tragic, terrible news. What a loss to the world.
— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) March 4, 2019
— Gaz Coombes (@GazCoombes) March 4, 2019