Wednesday 20 March 2019

The Prodigy front man Keith Flint (49) found dead at home

Manic: Keith Flint, dancer and vocalist with The Prodigy, was found dead at his home yesterday. Picture: PA
Manic: Keith Flint, dancer and vocalist with The Prodigy, was found dead at his home yesterday. Picture: PA
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Prodigy star Keith Flint has been remembered for his impact as a musical innovator following his death at the age of 49.

The singer was reportedly found by police at his Essex home yesterday morning. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Bandmates Liam Howlett and Maxim described Flint, with whom they had worked since the 1990s, as "a true pioneer, innovator and legend".

They said that Flint was their "brother and best friend" and that "he will be forever missed".

Flint rose to fame in the Brit Award-winning electronic band in the 1990s and was known for hits including 'Firestarter' and 'Breathe'.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was among those paying tribute to the star. He said: "Sad to hear of untimely death of Keith Flint today. 'Music for the Jilted Generation' is a landmark album. A great talent lost."

Electronic music artists Chase and Status and The Chemical Brothers, who are both considered pioneers in the big beat genre along with The Prodigy, were also among those sharing tributes for Flint.

Flint was a tour de force in the British rave music scene in the 1990s, and was known for his bright green spiky hair, facial piercings and energetic, manic stage performances.

They released their latest album 'No Tourists' in November, their seventh consecutive number one record.

The Prodigy are scheduled to go on a US tour later this year and are also due to perform at London's South West Four festival in August.

A post on the festival's official Twitter page said: "We're processing the passing of one of the most important and iconic figures of the scene and we'll be providing an update as soon as we can. RIP Keith Flint."

Essex Police, who were called to Flint's home yesterday, said a 49-year-old man had been found dead and that the death is not being treated as suspicious.

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