Keith Flint from The Prodigy dead at 49

Keith Flint, the lead singer of British band The Prodigy has died aged 49.

The singer was found dead at his home in Dunmow Essex, his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The band had only recently toured Australia and played their final show at Sydney’s O2 Arena on 2nd February.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said they had attended the scene and would now prepare a report for the coroner.

“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 spokesperson said.

The Prodigy emerged out of the UK rave scene in the early 1990’s and were one of the first techno bands to find mainstream chart success. The band originally comprised musician Liam Howlett, Keith Flint, Leroy Thornhill and Maxim.

The band’s first album Experience, released in 1991,  spawned the hits Charly, Outta Space, Everybody in the Place and Wind It Up. Originally Flint was a backing dancer for the band, but was always recognisable with his outrageous haircuts, tattoos and facial piercings.

The band’s follow up Music for the Jilted Generation contained the hits Poison, Voodoo People and No Good (Start the Dance).  

In 1996 Flint featured on lead vocals for the first time with the song Firestarter, the band’s 1997 album The Fat of The Land would become a defining album of the 1990s. It also included the hits Breathe and the controversial Smack My Bitch Up. 

The Prodigy would go on to record on to record another four albums, their most recent being 2018 No Tourists. Flint also recorded with his band Flint. They released only a handful of tunes in 2003.  

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