When Prodigy hit America in the 1990s, I can assure you that most kids staring dead-eyed and dense through MTV’s dire rotation of videos had seen nothing like this: a fireball of demonic energy, an acid dazed marionette bouncing on a stage with a punk rock ferocity that punk rock no longer had.
That was Keith Flint, frontman for the Prodigy, who was found dead at his home in Great Dunmow, Essex in the United Kingdom Monday. He was 49 years old.
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.
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— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019
Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett confirmed the horrible news that Flint had taken his own life. “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”
Flint was the frontman for Prodigy’s biggest US hit, “Firestarter.” In keeping with the punk reference, the video had been banned in the UK after complaints that the imagery frightened sensitive viewers.
Prodigy’s final album with Flint prior to his passing will be No Tourists released in November 2018. He had earlier recorded an album with the band Flint.
Police stated confirmed that they had been called after concerns for Flint’s welfare and that Flint was found dead on the scene just after 8:10am Monday. His death is not being treated as suspicious, and his next of kin have been informed.