The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint has died at the age of 49, the band confirms via social media.
Flint was found dead at his home in Essex. Band founder Liam Howlett says he took his own life over the weekend.
“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,” an Essex police spokesman said in a statement earlier today. “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 last toured Australia and were set to tour America starting in May.
Founded in 1990 in Essex County in Britain, The Prodigy blew up with their second album Music For The Jilted Generation in 1994. The band’s 1996 single “Firestarter” stormed up international charts, including #1 in the UK.
Each of the band’s albums since have hit the pole position on the UK Albums chart, including 2018’s No Tourists.
Flint also had another group simply called Flint and released a limited-edition single “Asteroids.”
“Ever since I was a little kid,” Flint told the NME in 1996, “I’d listen to music, and if I heard a tune that took me and rocked me, I was like ‘yeeeeaaagh!’ and I’d be doing exactly what I do on stage now. And my mum and dad would be bangin’ on the walls at me. When a tune came on at a rave that I really wanted to rock to, I just wanted everyone around me to love this tune with me.”
Rest in peace, Keith.