Sad news this morning as it's emerged that Prodigy frontman Keith Flint has died. The singer was reportedly found dead in his Essex home in circumstances that are not currently being treated as suspicious.
An Essex Police spokesman told The Sun: "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
"We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."
Flint was originally a dancer with the hugely popular rave group Prodigy and went on to take the lead, most notably on their best-known singles 'Firestarter' and 'Breathe', which both went to No 1.
While at their peak in the nineties, The Prodigy continued to perform together with their seventh studio album, 'No Tourists', released just last November.
It 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. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t
— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019
*Update: It has sadly emerged that Keith Flint took his own life. Liam Howlett posted the below statement on The Prodigy's Instagram account:
Musicians and fans have been paying tribute to Keith and sharing their shock over his sudden passing.
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
Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from @the_prodigy has passed away. Our thoughts & condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed. RIP 💔
— Chase & Status (@chaseandstatus) March 4, 2019
I just heard, and I am heartbroken. Once the most innovative, fearless, ballsy bands to grace a stage and Keith was perfection up front. We have lost a Titan. 💔 #KeithFlint #Prodigy https://t.co/YJ8knnPi1V
— Beverley Knight (@Beverleyknight) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint, beautiful man, incredible pioneer. Remembering the special times we had together making Empire. Heartbroken. Rest in Peace Brother. X
— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) March 4, 2019
Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint. Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre. 😓#RIPKeithFlint
— Jo Whiley (@jowhiley) March 4, 2019
R.I.P KEITH FLINT a beautiful human.
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 4, 2019
Jesus. Keith Flint. Awful news.
— LE GALAXIE (@LeGalaxie) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint. I damn near burned a hole through The Prodigy Experience in 92 when there wasn't a lot of accessible dance music in Kentucky. It was a huge deal for me. I can't overstate it. I'm very grateful to have had proof that this world I wanted so badly actually existed.
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) March 4, 2019
We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint. He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman. Here’s a clip from ‘97 when they were the first dance band to headline Glastonbury - a huge, unforgettable moment. pic.twitter.com/9fxKBonfVa
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 4, 2019
I've always said that if I get married, I'd walk down the aisle to Smack My Bitch Up. Really sad news about Keith Flint. The Prodigy soundtracked so much of my life. Really glad I caught them at the EP just gone, having always said that I'd catch them at the next festival. RIP. pic.twitter.com/qRUFBSHtFT
— Louise Bruton (@luberachi) March 4, 2019
So sad about Keith Flint. I gave birth to my eldest son accompanied by 'firestarter' playing away because my husband had in a mad panic, picked up the wrong tape. And instead of giving birth to Enya and ocean sounds it was The Prodigy. I don't regret it either.
— Fiona Mills (@Fionamills1) March 4, 2019
Jesus that's sad news. Keith Flint was one hell of a performer and you could never imagine The Prodigy without him. RIP.
— Joe Donnelly (@kildarejoe) March 4, 2019
Dunno if there was a more 'Ireland's Top 30 Hits' tune than 'Breathe' by The Prodigy
— TharBarrSuperstar (@WildState) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint was simply an amazing man, who electrified everyone who was in presence. He gave everything he go into his work. Here is him live with The Prodigy in 1996 at Phoenix Festival 🎶👏 #Firestarter #RIPKeith pic.twitter.com/uoZnoeCZ5d
— SJ (@DrakesWriter1) March 4, 2019