Thousands of Prodigy have lined the streets in tribute to Prodigy frontman Keith Flint whose funeral was held there today.
The funeral, held at St Mary’s Church in Bocking, Essex, witnessed a horse-drawn carriage carrying Flint’s coffin which was topped with a green microphone.
The procession lasted 1.5miles as from around the world gathered to pay their respects on the streets.
The singer of iconic dance act was confirmed as dead at the age of 49 after being found at his Essex home. An inquest, which has been looking into Flint’s tragic death, confirmed his suicide and declared his passing as “not suspicious”.
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:
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In other news related to Flint, a petition to erect a statue of The Prodigy frontman in his hometown is gaining momentum as thousands of signatures are secured.
As the band’s hit single ‘Firestarter’ continues to climb the charts in tribute to flint, Prodigy fan Saphya Gower is taking things a step further by petitioning for a statue to be erected in 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.”