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The Prodigy vocalist Keith Flint dies at 49

photo via The Prodigy Instagram
photo via The Prodigy Instagram

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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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

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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

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