At the funeral, Flint’s wife Mayumi Kaidogs arrived early and was followed by one of Flint’s beloved dogs who led up the path to the church ahead of his coffin. System of a Down song ‘Aerials’ was played as the processional music.
Bandmate Liam Howlett, donning a white wrestling belt, followed in the group behind.
The service included readings from actor Paul Kaye and Prodigy live drummer Leo Crabtree. It is reported that songs ‘A Message To You Rudy’ by The Specials, ‘Days Like This’ by Van Morrison, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd and T’hat’s Entertainment’ by The Jam were all played.
After the service, fans carried on the rave on the streets of Braintree:
“Keith was important to not only the people of Braintree, but was well loved and respected world wide and a pivotal piece of the music industry,” said Gower states in the petition. “Braintree being The Prodigy’s hometown, we should remember him. It’ll also reflect how important it is to talk about mental health and not to suffer alone.”
She continues: “Keith Flint was an icon, a legend in the music industry. He has had such an effect on so many people over the years, his energy and passion while he’s on stage or off stage was magical. He was such a lovely, genuine person too and we all feel deeply saddened by the news of his death. The Prodigy’s music and Keith’s memory will always remain a big part of my life and to millions of others.”
“The plan will be when it reaches a monumental amount of signatures to present it to the council and see what they maybe able to discuss and contribute. It’s early days yet obviously but hopefully the outcome will be the right one. My parents generation had The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. My generation had The Prodigy, Manchester has Oasis, Braintree has The Prodigy.”
The petition has already been recognised by Braintree District Council, a spokesman saying: “We were saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint, who is an iconic part of our cultural heritage, and many residents grew up listening to The Prodigy’s music.
“When the petition is passed to us we can consider suitable ways of remembering his contribution.”