The mohawked frontman of The Prodigy, who influenced many of the biggest names in the Electronic scene today, Keith Flint, passed away earlier this month.
The 49-year-old who sang lead vocals on the hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe,” took his own life and was found dead in Essex, England.
Revealing the news in an Instagram post that took many in the world of music by shock, band member Liam Howlett took to The Prodigy’s official handle and wrote, “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend, I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heartbroken ….. r.i.p brother. Liam.”
Keith Charles Flint was born in September 1969, in Redbridge, in East London, and grew up in Braintree, a suburb in Essex. His time with The Prodigy started off as a dancer and performer even before he took to the mic and became one of their lead singers. Starting off in the early ’90s, Prodigy found a whole lot of success with their third studio album, The Fat of the Land. It was “Firestarter” the first single off this very album on which Flint sang and that also marked a change in the direction the band was taking, mixing rave tunes with rock music, and shot them to stardom.
The Prodigy released their seventh studio album No Tourists in 2018 and were embarking on an extensive tour through 2019 including multiple dates across North America which the band was doing after many years. But after Flint’s passing the band announced that all forthcoming tour dates stand canceled with immediate effect.
Following the tragic death of Keith Flint all forthcoming Prodigy shows will be cancelled with immediate effect.
— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 5, 2019
The entire industry came together to mourn this huge loss. With many such as Skrillex revealing that they might not even have been in the Electronic music space if it weren’t for the inspiration from The Prodigy and specifically Flint himself.
I may not of had a career if it wasn’t for you Keith …you made me feel welcome in a time when I needed it . Thanks for all laughs my friend ?RIP pic.twitter.com/QCLPddIhPN
— Skrillex (@Skrillex) March 4, 2019
Wow RIP Keith Flint. I remember listening to “breathe” on MTV when they used to show music videos and i was so enthralled by the music video. Went and bought their album “the fat of the land” and was obsessed ever since. Sending love to his friends and family.
— Dillon Francis (@DillonFrancis) March 4, 2019
Rip Keith Flint. The Prodigy put on one of the best shows we’ve ever seen in any music genre and their music has been an inspiration for a long long time.
— ZEDS DEAD (@zedsdead) March 4, 2019
The Chemical Brothers
so sad to hear about Keith Flint,we played many gigs with the prodigy over the years and they were always friendly and supportive.he was an amazing front man, a true original and he will be missed.tom&ed x
— The Chemical Brothers (@ChemBros) March 4, 2019
I cannot believe the news of Keith Flint passing. He was one of my biggest inspirations and he truly helped shape the dance music industry we know today. Utterly heartbroken.
— ?????? (@Zomboy) March 4, 2019
// Keith Flint was a huge inspiration for everyone at this label and part of so many people’s origin stories of how they found rave culture. RIP.
— BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (@boysnoizerec) March 4, 2019