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Keith Flint Of British Band The Prodigy Dies At 49
Flint was discovered dead at his residence in Essex on Monday (March 4,) according to British officials. His cause of death has not been released.
"We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8:10 a.m. on Monday," an Essex police representative said. "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."
The Prodigy released their latest album in 2018 and were set to start a tour in May.
"It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint, the band tweeted. "A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time."
Flint and Prodigy singer Maxim were the front-men for the "big beat" hard-core dance group, formed in 1990 by composer/producer Liam Howlett. In an Instagram post, Howlett alleged Flint's death was a suicide: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken ..... r.i.p brother Liam.” Officials have not confirmed the statement.
The social-media outpouring split between adulation for his talent and touching tributes to his sweet and warm personality off stage. GRAMMY nominee Paul Oakenfold described him as "one of the greatest frontm[e]n of all time."
The band was nominated at the 40th GRAMMY Awards for Best Alternative Music Performance for their album The Fat Of The Land. The band's second GRAMMY nomination was for the 2004 album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, which Howlett created without Flint and Maxim.
The Prodigy's seventh album, No Tourists was released last Nov. and their North American tour set to start in May would have been their first in 10 years.