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Early Monday morning, The Prodigy confirmed via their Instagram page that frontman and lead vocalist Keith Flint died over the weekend at the age of 49. According to the band, he took his own life.
The Prodigy had just released their seventh studio album, No Tourists, in 2018, and were planning on embarking on a rare tour of the US on a series of festival and solo dates. Flint was a major player in the band’s popularity, with his wild mohawked appearance and on-stage persona.
Wrote the band on Instagram:
The news is true , 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
A police spokesperson said: “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. 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 gained widespread notoriety in 1997 with the release of their third studio album, The Fat Of The Land, containing songs “Smack My Bitch Up,” “Breathe,” and “Firestarter.” The band pushed an exciting blend of rock and electronica fusion that was fueled by pent up energy and raw aggression.