(TRR) – The Prodigy singer Keith Flint has died. The frontman was found dead at his home in Essex, UK on Monday. He was 49 years old. Keyboardist and songwriter Liam Howlett, who founded the band in 1990, confirmed that Flint’s death was a suicide.
“The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” Howlett wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam”
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” the band said in an official 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.”
A spokesman for the Essex police confirmed that a 49-year-old man had died. “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,” he said in a statement.
“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 released their seventh studio album No Tourists last November via Take Me To The Hospital/BMG. The LP debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart. The band had some extensive world touring scheduled for 2019. A U.S. headlining tour was set with several festival stops including Chicago Open Air, Epicenter, and Sonic Temple. In addition, they band were slated to appear at other festivals around the globe.
Since forming in 1990, The Prodigy have sold nearly 30 million records worldwide. The band garnered two Brit Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, and two GRAMMY Award Nominations. The band’s # hit single “Firestarter” features Keith Flint on lead vocals. The track sold over 600,000 copies in the UK. “The lyrics were about being onstage: this is what I am. Some of it is a bit deeper than it seems,” Flint said in an interview with Q magazine back in 2008.