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The Prodigy Frontman Keith Flint Dies at 49

Variety logo Variety 3/4/2019 Stewart Clarke
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Keith Flint, the frontman of The Prodigy, has died at age 49. Flint was one of the founding members of the group, which played a major part in the U.K.’s rave scene before going on to become a major dance music act and achieving widespread mainstream success.

Flint and the band hailed from Essex, England. Local police confirmed Flint’s death in a statement.

“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, March 4,” the police said. “We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”

The authorities added that there were no suspicious circumstances. “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner,” the statement said.

The band also issued a statement. “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” it said in a tweet. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”

The Prodigy has an album out, “No Tourists,” and has been on the road, with a U.S. tour set for May. The band started out releasing underground tracks on the XL label and had early chart success with “Charly,” which sampled a safety video for kids.

Subsequent tracks included “Breathe,” “No Good (Start the Dance),” and “Firestarter,” which saw Flint channeling punk rock sounds and visuals.

Fans and fellow musicians paid tribute to Flint.

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