Prodigy’s Liam Howlett has confirmed that the legendary Keith Flint died by suicide.
The singer of iconic dance act was confirmed as dead yesterday, at the age of 49 after being found at his Essex home. “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 police said at the time.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner,” they added.
Now, Howlett, co-founder and leader of the electronic band, has confirmed that the tragic death of Flint was caused by suicide. In a post on The Prodigy’s official Instagram account, bandmate Howlett said: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.
He added: “I’m shell-shocked… angry, confused and heartbroken.”
At the time of his death, the band also 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.”
Following the news of Flint’s death, friends, fans and music figures took to social media with tributes. Ed Simons, of the Chemical Brothers, said: “Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and when we first started doing shows man.”
Chase and Status added: “Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from The Prodigy has passed away. Our thoughts & condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the music they made and championed.”
Radio DJ Jo Whiley said: “Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint. Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre.”
Singer James Blunt pad a perfect tribute to Flint, remembering him as a kind and welcoming person in what is a ruthless industry, he said: “At the Q Awards years ago, when Noel Gallagher was saying he was leaving Ibiza because I’d moved there, and Damon Albarn refused to be in the same picture as me, and Paul Weller was saying he’d rather eat his own sh*t than work with me, Keith Flint came over, gave me a hug, and said how thrilled he was for my success,” Blunt tweeted, tagging each of the stars in his message.
“Keith, I only met you once, but I shed a tear at the news of your death. In our business, there are no prizes for being kind, but if there was, that Grammy would be yours.”