The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died, aged 49.
Flint was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex just after 8am this morning (March 4).
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner,” said Essex Police.
An East of England Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.08am with reports of a man who was unconscious in Brook Hill, Dunmow. We sent an ambulance officer, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and one ambulance. Sadly a man in his forties died at the scene.”
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” said the surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim in a statement. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019
We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t
In a post on The Prodigy's official Instagram account, Howlett added: "I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I'm shell-shocked, angry, confused and heart broken."
Flint joined Howlett in 1990 as the group emerged during the rave era. He was the primary vocalist and dancer in the band until the present day and became the recognisable face of the dance act, who scored huge hits in the ‘90s with Firestarter and Breathe and made No.1 in the US album chart with 1997’s The Fat Of The Land.
Promoter SJM worked closely with the band and management to help elevate them to arena status - a rare achievement for a dance act in the '90s. The Prodigy’s robust live business was thanks in large part to Flint’s fearsome performances.
“We are devastated by the very sad news,” said SJM. “We have worked with the group for over 25 years and Keith was brilliant all the way through.”
Emily Eavis revealed that The Prodigy had been booked for this year's Glastonbury and recalled the "huge, unforgettable moment" when, in 1997, they became the first dance act to headline the festival.
"We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint," she said. "He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman."
Former label Cooking Vinyl described Flint as a "true pioneer".
Richard Russell, owner of XL Recordings - The Prodigy's original label - said: "Devastated Keith Flint is gone. Not just a great performer. He had total integrity and an incredible sense of humour. One of the sweetest people I’ve ever worked with. What a beautiful energy. What a gentleman. Privileged to have known him."
Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers said Flint was “always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together”.
Frank Turner described Flint as “one of the greats - best live show I ever saw”.
The Prodigy had recently returned from an Australian tour and were due to play US shows in the spring. The band secured their seventh consecutive No.1 album with new label partner BMG last year.
BMG said: "Keith Flint RIP. Taken way too soon. A true icon of music. We are devastated to hear of his death. Sending love to the whole Prodigy family."
Former manager Mike Champion, who steered the band through their peak of success, died just two months ago.
There has been an outpouring of tributes from fellow artists and fans on social media in response to the news of Flint's death.
devastated keith flint is gone. not just a great performer.— Richard Russell (@loppylugsOG) March 4, 2019
he had total integrity & an incredible sense of humour.
one of the sweetest people I’ve ever worked with.
what a beautiful energy. what a gentleman. privileged to have known him. miss u keith
Keith Flint RIP. Taken way too soon. A true icon of music. We are devastated to hear of his death. Sending love to the whole Prodigy family. pic.twitter.com/0UXXgJ4aMT— BMG News (@BMG_News) March 4, 2019
We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint. He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman. Here’s a clip from ‘97 when they were the first dance band to headline Glastonbury - a huge, unforgettable moment. pic.twitter.com/9fxKBonfVa— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 4, 2019
Absolutely gutted to hear about Keith Flint's passing. One of the greats. Best live show I ever saw. RIP.— Frank Turner (@frankturner) March 4, 2019
Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint. Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre. ????#RIPKeithFlint— Jo Whiley (@jowhiley) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint— Mike Cervello (@MikeCervello) March 4, 2019
Such a legend. Since I was five years old, he influenced my whole musical taste and eventually my own music.
Went wayyyy too soon. ????????Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/FLUpdmLhCR
PRS for Music member and iconic frontman of @the_prodigy, Keith Flint has sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.— PRS for Music (@PRSforMusic) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint ???? pic.twitter.com/U1fvVbQQ0d
Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together..great man.— ed simons (@eddychemical) March 4, 2019
We're deeply saddened to hear of the passing of The Prodigy's Keith Flint. He was one of a kind who left his mark on British music. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/HQNDqNheha— bpi music (@bpi_music) March 4, 2019
Iconic, fearless, Firestarter. RIP Keith Flint x pic.twitter.com/DXQD2J7Atz— Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) March 4, 2019
Thankyou for giving us the extraordinary Keith Flint. ?? https://t.co/1ht86mL59R— Jade Bird (@JadeBirdMusic) March 4, 2019
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Keith Flint. Good night mate. Take it easy. ??— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) March 4, 2019
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Keith Flint: a true gentleman, legend and all time hero of ours. Never in our teenage dreams did we think we’d get to work with one of the most exhilarating frontmen of our generation. @theprodigyofficial are such a huge part of our shared musical history so it was an absolute pleasure knowing and working with Keith and the crew for the last decade. We are devastated. Ruth, Beth and all at Toast.
We're shocked & saddened to hear of Keith's passing. A true music icon & pioneer who will be sadly missed. https://t.co/LhdsoxGGue— Cooking Vinyl (@cookingvinyl) March 4, 2019
argh.— Rou Reyno (@RouReynolds) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint you bloody legend.
The Prodigy were one of the first big bands we supported years ago and Keith single-handedly shattered my presumption that big stars would have an arrogance and aloofness about them. He was so welcoming, sweet and passionate. ????
Im not really sure what to say. I’m shocked and so sad. You were gifted, charming and charismatic. So kind and welcoming whenever we spent time. I’ll never forget the incredible moments I got to spend with you and the boys. I’m sending you all love and respect. Keith Flint RIP.— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) March 4, 2019
No Keith! The words will come, but right now I need to get my head around this titanic loss. One of the greatest, gone too early. RIP Keith Flint ???? pic.twitter.com/20TqmXr7es— JACK SAUNDERS (@jackxsaunders) March 4, 2019
RIP to Keith Flint, a true original. pic.twitter.com/WRL2tWAoQQ— Ninja Tune (@ninjatune) March 4, 2019