The Prodigy vocalist Keith Flint dies at 49
The Prodigy vocalist Keith Flint has died at age 49. He was found at his home in Essex on Monday and pronounced dead on the scene.
The band confirmed the news in a starement, which reads, “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.”
While a cause of death has not officially been given, Keith’s bandmate Liam Howlett posted a tribute to him on Instagram and wrote that he died by suicide. “The news is true, 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 ….. r.i.p brother,” it reads.
As The Guardian reports, A police spokesman said, “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 Prodigy had been scheduled to go on their first headlining U.S. tour in 10 years starting this May.
Rest in peace, Keith. You’ll be missed.
You can read tributes below by Geoff Barrow (Portishead), Gary Numan, The Chemical Brothers, Ninja Tune, Clint Mansell, Goldie, Skrillex, Dizzee Rascal, Gaz Coombes (Supergrass), Richard Russell (XL Recordings), Sleaford Mods, Theo Ellis (Wolf Alice), The Black Madonna, Zomby, Lupe Fiasco, Kasbian, and more.
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— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) March 4, 2019
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
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
RIP to Keith Flint, a true original. pic.twitter.com/WRL2tWAoQQ
— Ninja Tune (@ninjatune) March 4, 2019
Sad to wake up to the news that we lost Keith Flint, a true original.
The Prodigy have made a huge contribution to dance culture and electronic music around the world. Keith’s contribution as the band’s iconic front man was immense and he will be dearly missed R.I.P xx pic.twitter.com/1wB0PhN1Gd
— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) March 4, 2019
— Clint Mansell (@iamclintmansell) March 4, 2019
— Gaz Coombes (@GazCoombes) March 4, 2019
devastated keith flint is gone. not just a great performer.
he had total integrity & an incredible sense of humour.
one of the sweetest people I’ve ever worked with.
what a beautiful energy. what a gentleman. privileged to have known him. miss u keith
— Richard Russell (@loppylugsOG) March 4, 2019
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Keith Flint. Good night mate. Take it easy. ❤️
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) March 4, 2019
R.I.P Keith Flint. One of the best live performers and shows I’ve ever seen. Forever an inspiration.
— Theo Ellis (@SteadyTheo) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint. I damn near burned a hole through The Prodigy Experience in 92 when there wasn't a lot of accessible dance music in Kentucky. It was a huge deal for me. I can't overstate it. I'm very grateful to have had proof that this world I wanted so badly actually existed.
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) March 4, 2019
The Prodigy – Charly (Official Video) https://t.co/nwQpT74oWQ
Kind of where it all started for me and many others
Rip Keith flint
— ZOMBY ® (@ZombyMusic) March 4, 2019
R.I.P KEITH FLINT a beautiful human.
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint, beautiful man, incredible pioneer. Remembering the special times we had together making Empire. Heartbroken. Rest in Peace Brother. X
— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) March 4, 2019
It’s quite unbelievable, Guy was a don, ultrapunk took it to another level RIP. A sad sad loss for an ikon wayyy wayyy tonyoung .
— GOLDIE (@MRGOLDIE) March 4, 2019
I may not of had a career if it wasn’t for you Keith …you made me feel welcome in a time when I needed it . Thanks for all laughs my friend RIP pic.twitter.com/QCLPddIhPN
— Skrillex (@Skrillex) March 4, 2019
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Today was going so well kmt. I remember when this video came out and I thought fuck this guy is a lunatic! Then I opened up for the @theprodigyofficial in 2009 at Wembley and he was was one of the nicest people I’ve met and always was every time I met him, the whole band were. When it comes to the stage few people can carry a show like him I’m proud to say I’ve seen it for myself. Iconic and a gentleman Rest in peace Keith Flint
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You’ve never seen a performer with as much energy and passion as Keith. Period. Point Blank. Any Genre. He prowled the stage like a leopard. Back and forth. Waiting for the exact moment and then…he exploded. It was fucking mesmerizing and scary and beautiful. When I first saw it I lost my mind. I’ve been trying to do it at my shows ever since. You’ve never seen a crowd react the way a crowd reacts to The Prodigy. Ever. It’s like watching a vertical stampede. The combination of Liam, Maxim and Keith and the rest of the savages on drums and guitar was hands down in my book the greatest musical experience ever. EVER. I went to 17 shows. Face paint and all. Chasing that high. Keith and Maxim were like watching two surgeons doing brain surgery in a disco with dynamite. Precise, loud, powerful, explosive on the bass drops, cathartic in the breakdowns, destroying the stage every single time. I wanted to be in the band or atleast carry the luggage so I could have a valid excuse to be in attendance every night to the zen violence that is The Prodigy. Keith was a champion, a maniac and a gentle soul. Always smiling off stage and humble and then an all out warrior once the lights went low and Liam pulled the trigger. Get the World on Fire live album to get a little piece of what I’m talking about. When those first guitar hits of Firestarter drop you know shits about to hit the fan and then that fan is about to get hit by a bus!!! It’s punk magic for the heart and soul. Man brother…to Maxim I hope you find some peace and know that your brother Keith meant a lot to a lot of people on the lunatic fringe looking for a place to belong as loud and as free as Keith. He is an inspiration and played his part to transfer for all that energy and pain, weaponized it and destroyed some demons. If I had dragon balls I’d bring him back first then mother teresa…maybe! Prodigy Now, Prodigy Forever! Sincerely, One of your biggest fans. Lupe Fiasco @theprodigyofficial
In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
Crisis Text Line, the free, nationwide, 24/7 text message service for people in crisis, is here to support. For support in the United States, text HELLO to 741741 or message at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine.
For support outside the US, find resources at http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html