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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Flint is remembered with fondness after Tinahely visit

Keith Flint pouring a pint of the black stuff during his visit to Black Tom’s in Tinahely last September
Keith Flint pouring a pint of the black stuff during his visit to Black Tom’s in Tinahely last September

Just months after Prodigy front man Keith Flint was welcomed to south Wicklow, news of his tragic death has stunned fans.

The English music star paid an unannounced visit to Black Tom's in Tinahely last September while in Ireland for a wedding and was the life and soul of the party as he chatted with locals and even pulled a pint in the local pub.

It was announced on Monday that Flint (49) had passed away at his Essex home. His band member Liam Howlett later indicated on social media that the death had occurred as a result of suicide.

During his brief visit to Tinahely, Flint's presence caused great excitement as local customers couldn't believe their eyes when they saw the 'Firestarter' hit-maker in their local pub.

Proprietor Ed Heffernan posted a touching tribute on the Black Tom's Facebook page on Monday and reminded people to talk to somebody if they are feeling overwhelmed or in crisis.

'Having had the pleasure of Keith Flint visit the pub last September we were shocked to read of his passing this morning, wrote Mr Heffernan.

'He brought laughter to our customers and ourselves during his visit and was a gentleman in every sense of the word. A smile can hide many demons and Keith and many, many more people are proof of this. It's okay not to be okay and if you aren't okay talk to somebody.'

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