Keith Charles Flint was an English pop musician with the electronic dance act The Prodigy. He died on 4 March, aged 49.
The musician reportedly took his own life at his £1.5million Essex home over the weekend, in the midst of an ongoing separation from his wife.
In a statement, Essex police said: "The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."
In a post on The Prodigy's official Instagram page, Flint’s bandmate Liam Howlett said: "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 , f**kin angry , confused and heartbroken ..... R.I.P brother, Liam.”
The pair first met when Liam was DJing at an outdoor rave in 1989.
Starting out as a dancer, Keith Flint became the frontman of the group and performed on the group's two UK number one singles, ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’, that were both released in 1996.
In the days following the sad news of Flint’s passing, many artists have reached out with statements of condolence, including: Brian May, Jimmy Page, The Chemical Brothers, James Blunt, Gary Numan, Duran Duran. Foo Fighters, Ellie Goulding, Frank Turner, Plan B, Dizzee Rascal and Example.
I remember the first time I heard “Firestarter," it’s rare that someone comes along and truly changes the direction music is flowing but very special when they do. The Prodigy did that. They were innovators & I am deeply sad to hear that Keith Flint is no longer with us. - Nick pic.twitter.com/vY26wunJyg— Duran Duran (@duranduran) March 5, 2019
“His presence will forever be felt and the records he recorded will never be equalled or surpassed. He was a unique individual that inspired me more than anyone will ever understand. R.I.P Keith Flint.” pic.twitter.com/g5exHZPO10— PLAN B (@4PlanB) March 4, 2019
SAE reached out to staff, inviting them to share their memories and thoughts on Keith’s legacy.
Craig Hamilton, Audio Lecturer at SAE Glasgow said:
“I remember being a little scared of The Prodigy's Firestarter single, which was so angry sounding. I was 10 years old but I needed to hear more! I was impressed with Keith's visceral performance and that massive, aggressive sound. He will be sorely missed.”
Rob MacLeod, Campus Support Technician at SAE Glasgow said:
“As a young raver growing up the UK in the early 90s, The Prodigy’s music and energy was a huge influence for myself and fellow bedroom producers and breakbeat/techno heads. The music they created was so influential on the sound of techno we loved and aspired to make. They captured a certain voodoo magic and energy in their music and this was perfectly expressed by Keith Flint as vocalist, dancer and hype man for the band. When I saw them at T in the Park on Saturday 13th July 1996 they blew the audience away with the sound and energy of our rave generation, there was no better physical representation of this than Keith Flint as master of ceremonies. His presence filled the main stage and their performance of ‘Firestarter’ was pure adrenaline for the crowd. Truly a one off and he will be sadly missed. I recommend everyone watch the official video for 'Everybody In The Place' immediately and doff the cap to Keith and his amazing fun fueled and infectious energy. RIP Firestarter.”