Everybody lower your glow stick at half-mast, because a rave legend has gone too soon. The Guardian says that Keith Flint, the lead singer of legendary English electro band Prodigy, was found dead at his home in Essex today. If that wasn’t already ten hundred tons of sad stuffed into ten hundred tons of more sad, one of Prodigy’s founders says that he died by suicide. He was only 49.
The Prodigy released a statement confirming the awful news:
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. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.
Liam Howlett, the co-founder and leader of Prodigy, said in an Instagram post that Keith Flint’s death was a suicide and he’s filled with anger and confusion over it.
After meeting Liam Howlett at a rave in the 1980s and listening to his mix-tape of original songs, Keith Flint suggested they start a group together along with keyboardist Leeroy Thornhill. Keith came up with the idea for Liam to do the music and he and Leeroy would bust out moves on stage. They added Keith’s friend Maxim, who did vocals and was also a manager of sorts, and Sharky, who was also Keith’s singer/dancer friend. They put out a couple of albums before Keith went from dancer to singer when he screamed out vocals on 1996’s Firestarter, which was Prodigy’s first huge hit and off of The Fat of the Land, their third album that has sold 10 million copies worldwide. Firestarter hit #1 on the UK singles charts. Keith also did the vocals for several tracks on that album including Breathe, which also went to #1.
In the early-aughts, Prodigy took a break and Keith put out music through his side-band Flint. Prodigy picked back up in 2004 and continued to put out albums and tour. They were booked to play Glastonbury this year.
Keith married Japanese DJ Mayumi Kai, whom he said saved him from a life of drugs and ho-ing around, in 2006. They reportedly later separated.
Rest in peace, Keith Flint, you are now in heaven, smacking bitches up and starting fires.