Keith Flint ‘suicide’ – Prodigy legend famed for Firestarter and wild haircut dead after ‘taking his own life’ aged 49

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THE Prodigy star Keith Flint has been found dead in a suspected suicide at his home, aged 49.

The iconic singer, from Dunmow, Essex, was discovered at around 8am this morning after police and paramedics were called to the property.

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Keith Flint was found dead at the property this morning[/caption]

Officers remain outside the rural cottage this morning but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

His Prodigy co-founder Liam Hewlett said Flint had ‘taken his own life’.

Famed for his devil-horns haircut and intense stage performances – the iconic 90s musician was performing just last month in New Zealand on a world tour set to run until May.

The Essex boy, who once dated Gail Porter, was the face of the rave band and took centre stage on their best-known hit Firestarter, the single which launched him as an icon.

Hewlett, who founded the group with Flint in their hometown of Braintree, Essex, wrote: “The news is true. I can’t believe I am saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.

“I’m shell shocked, f****** angry, confused and heart broken r.i.p brother.”

Flint became a household name through the 1996 hit Firestarter
The frontman performed his final gig in Auckland, New Zealand, last month
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Keith pictured with wife Mayumi Kai

In an official statement, the group 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.”

Tributes poured in for the frontman, with broadcaster Jo Whiley tweeting: “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. #RIPKeithFlint.”

Singer Beverley Knight wrote: “I just heard, and I am heartbroken. Once the most innovative, fearless, ballsy bands to grace a stage and Keith was perfection up front.

“We have lost a Titan. #KeithFlint #Prodigy.”

Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers tweeted: “Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together.. great man.”

Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre.


DJ Jo Whiley

A post from electronic music duo Chase and Status said: “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 life changing music they made and championed. RIP.”

An Essex Police spokesman told The Sun Online: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at 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.”

An East of England Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.08am with reports of a man who was unconscious in Dunmow.

“We sent an ambulance officer, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and one ambulance. Sadly a man in his forties died at the scene.”

FROM UNDERGROUND SCENE TO MUSIC ICON

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The Prodigy emerged from the underground rave scene of the early 1990s to become one of the UK’s biggest bands.

They reached Number 1 in the UK singles charts with Firestarter and Breathe in 1996 and notched up six Number 1 albums.

Flint became an iconic figure in the British music scene with his energetic live performances and distinctive hair and tattoos.

Born in Redbridge, East London, he moved to Braintree, Essex, as a child and met The Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett at a nightclub in the town.

Flint was originally a dancer for the group but featured as a vocalist on Firestarter.

The track, known for its chorus ‘I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter’ propelled the band into the mainstream.


His appearance in the video, dancing aggressively in a disused railway tunnel, made him a household name.

The frontman dated TV presenter Gail Porter in the 1990s and later married Japenese DJ Mayumi Kai.

In recent years, he also owned a pub in Pleshey, Essex, and became the team owner and manager of motorcycle racing team Traction Control.

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The Prodigy, pictured in 1994, were formed in Braintree, Essex
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Flint became one of British music’s most iconic figures[/caption]

The frontman’s death is not being treated as suspicious
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The 49-year-old was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex[/caption]

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Flint was famed for his energetic live performances[/caption]

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The frontman pictured at Heathrow Airport in November last year[/caption]

Flint dated TV presenter Gail Porter in the 1990s
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The band are one of Britain’s biggest music acts
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Flint pictured with Oasis star Noel Gallagher in 2005
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The band broke through from the underground rave scene to become one of Britain’s biggest bands

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Flint performing with The Prodigy in Auckland, New Zealand, last month[/caption]

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