Prodigy Singer Keith Flint Dies at Age 49
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Prodigy frontman Keith Flint has died at the age of 49, according to a statement released by the band on Monday. Bandmate Liam Howlett posted on Instagram confirming Flint died by suicide. “The news is true,” Howlett wrote. “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…”
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
A police spokesman from Essex, where the singer lived in the U.K. confirmed the Flint had died, stating the police had been called to his residence for a welfare check.
According to The Guardian, Flint was one of the U.K.’s “most iconic” musical figures in the 90s. The band had several hits in the U.S. including “Firestarter” and “Breathe.”
Fans reacted to his death on Twitter and shared condolences.
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
RIP KEITH FLINT.
I remember when Firestarter came out. I was mesmerized by seeing someone who looked as majestic as Keith taking up space in the mainstream. I instantly had a huge crush, much to my Mum’s dismay. Thank you Keith for being a childhood hero for all the weirdos. pic.twitter.com/PhqITOrOqS
— ＭＵＮＲＯＥ ???????? (@MunroeBergdorf) March 4, 2019
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
Just heard that #KeithFlint from #TheProdigy has died. So sad man. I love those guys growing up. Loved them and was lucky enough to get to work with them on #InvadersMustDie pic.twitter.com/JFEOFwxlFd
— Noel Clarke (@NoelClarke) March 4, 2019
If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.
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