Dancer and singer for controversial dance/rock group found dead at home
The Prodigy’s Instagram account have confirmed that Keith Flint committed suicide.
Keith Flint of The Prodigy has died this morning. A spokesman for Essex police confirmed “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10 am on Monday. Sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
The Prodigy had toured Australia in January and February with a US tour scheduled for May.
Keith Flint was a founding member for The Prodigy and performed as a dancer during their rave and house music days. As the group drifted towards a harder sound, introducing vocals for the first time, Flint became the group’s singer on tracks like Firestarter and Breathe. The Prodigy now had a firm following amongst rock and metal fans thanks to Flint’s new punk image and the new attitude and sound from the group. This new direction was too intense for some and the debut of Firestarter on Top of the Pops with parents complaining that Flint was terrifying and others complaining about the lyrically subject. The BBC banned the video from being played again which helped catapult the single to Number One in the UK singles charts.
Breathe also had a thematically dark video and the single also went to Number One. Third single from Fat of the Land, Smack My Bitch Up, managed to cause even more controversy with it’s lyrics and video. The video was told from the first person perspective of someone on a night out, doing drugs, getting into a fight and then bringing a woman home, with it revealed that the person who’s eyes we’ve been seeing through is a woman.
During this time The Prodigy and Keith Flint were international superstars and an onstage disagreement with The Beastie Boys at 1998’s Reading Festival only gave them more attention. While this was the peak of The Prodigy’s success, they remained immensely popular and Keith Flint had a brief side project called Flint.
Between 1996 and 1998 Keith Flint was legitimately one of the biggest British music icons and it was virtually impossible to go to any rock, metal or goth club without seeing numerous people copying his look.
While no details are available regarding Keith Flint’s cause of death, we will post them once we know more.
Metal Report Editor.
Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.