Keith Flint, band member and front-man British band The Prodigy, has been found dead at his home aged 49, the band has confirmed.
Flint was part of one of the most important electronic bands in the world scene, with hits like “Firestarter” and “Breathe”, both boosting the group’s worldwide success.
One of the band members, Liam Howlett wrote on Instagram that Flint had died by 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 on the group’s Instagram account. “I’m shell shocked, f****n angry, confused and heart broken,” he added.
Local police had earlier confirmed that the artist was found dead at his house in Essex on Monday morning.
In ’97, The Prodigy became the first electronic group to headline Glastonbury Festival. They were set to play the festival again this year.
Emily Eavis, its organizer, said: “We are so saddened to hear the news about the passing of Keith Flint. He’s played here so many times over the years with the Prodigy and was booked to play this year. What an incredible frontman, he gave us all so much life and energy.”
Flint began as street-dancer of The Prodigy, but his strident voice, his movements on stage and his striking look made him their main vocalist. His qualities also catapulted him as one of the most recognized artists of the British music scene of the nineties.