The frontman of Prodigy Keith Flint was found dead by police authorities early in the morning on Monday 4 March at his rural home in Dunmow, Essex. Initial reports on the 49-year-old frontman’s cause of death have not been disclosed so far. Police officers found Flint unconscious and delivered him to a local hospital.
Keith Flint was easily recognisable with his spiked hair and lively vocals which made Prodigy one of the leading bands in the contemporary music scene. The band which arrived only recently from New Zealand and was expected to leave once again for a tour in U.S. by May, was shell shocked by the devastating news. The band issued an official statement supporting that,
‘Ιt 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.’
Keith Flint was born on 17 September 1969. He lived a rather difficult childhood, suffering from dyslexia and abandoning school by the age of 15. He frequently attended open-air rave festivals during the 1980s where he met with his bandmate Liam Howlett. Together they set up the band called Prodigy and accompanied by the third bandmate Leeroy Thornhill. The English electronic music band from Braintree, Essex, was formally established in 1990 and immediately participated in underground rave music festivals. The band was quickly distinguished for its big beat genre – an offspring of electronic music which became mainstream during the 1990s. In 1996, Prodigy disseminated its first singles Firestarter and Breathe and achieved international recognition. The third album, Fat of the Land, quickly became a leading album in world charts.
By 1999 the group was disbanded only to return in late 2002. The fourth album called Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, was released in the summer of 2004. Despite the growing success of the band, Flint was entrapped into a vicious cycle of depression, alcohol, drugs and prescription treatments. Depression partially subsided in 2006 when Flint married Japanese DJ Mayumi Kai. Before their marriage, Flint had enrolled in rehabilitation programmes for smoking, drugs and alcohol.
In 2009, the group regrouped for once again, disseminating the album Invaders Must Die. Their recent album No Tourists was distributed in November 2018. In overall, Prodigy has sold more than 30 million albums on a global scale. These revenues were also accompanied by several successes including among others two Grammy Award nominations, two Brit Awards and several MTV Video Music Awards both in Britain and around Europe.
Preliminary evidence from the police indicates that Flint’s wife was in Japan at the time of his death.
The Greek Observer Editorial Team sends the deepest condolences to Mr. Flint’s family and friends.