Keith Flint, a vocalist of The Prodigy known for Firestarter and Breathe, was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex, on Monday morning. The Prodigy’s official Instagram account confirmed the death of the “true pioneer, innovator and legend”. The statement said: “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.”
Bandmate Liam Howlett also express his shock over the tragedy and claimed the rave star took his own life.
He posted on Instagram: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.
“I’m shell-shocked…angry, confused and heartbroken.”
Keith was not a regular user of Instagram, as his last image was posted on October 27, 2014.
The disturbing image has no caption and showed maggots crawling over rotting meat.
Keith Flint dead: The rave star was found dead in his home on Monday (Image: GETTY)
Police and ambulance crews attended the home on Monday (March 4) morning – but East of England ambulance service confirmed he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Essex Police said: “We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Who was Keith Flint?
Keith Charles Flint was born on September 17, 1969.
Keith Flint dead: Keith’s last Instagram post was in 2014 (Image: INSTAGRAM)
He grew up in Braintree, Essex, but his parents split up when he was a child.
Keith was kicked out of school at the age of 15 after being disruptive in class due to having dyslexia.
He found a job as a roofer, but discovered the acid house scene in the late 1980s.
He then met Mr Howlett at an open-air rave in 1989 and was impressed by his DJ skills, so encouraged him to pursue music professionally, while Keith was his dancer.
Keith Flint dead: The 49-year-old was a member of The Prodigy (Image: GETTY)
Keith previously said to FHM magazine: “I loved his music and ‘Boom!’ I was in.
“I was never the brains behind the band – that was always Liam.
“But together we were a complete package. It was the outlet I was looking for.”
They became The Prodigy and were completed by Leeroy Thornhill, with some of their top hits over the years including Firestarter, Breathe and Out of Space.
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