Having celebrated his 49th birthday on September 17, The Prodigy and Flint vocalist, Keith Flint was found dead on March 4, 2019, after a wellness check to his Essex, England home. He died by suicide according to his bandmate, Liam Howlett.
Growing up, Keith was a problematic, dyslexic child and was expelled from school at the age of 15. He worked as a roofer before discovering the Chicago acid house scene in the 1980s.
In the late 1980s, Flint met DJ Liam Howlett at local rave club the Barn in Braintree and expressed his appreciation of Howlett’s taste in music. After receiving a mixtape from Liam, Keith came back with great enthusiasm insisting that Howlett should be playing his tracks up on stage and that Keith, along with friend Leeroy Thornhill, would dance to them.
Originally Keith was the band’s dancer, but in 1996 he featured as the vocalist on the hit single “Firestarter” from their soon to be released third studio album, “The Fat of the Land.” The accompanying video showcasing Keith’s double mohawked, punk look raised the eyebrows of MTV marketing executives and placed the video on high rotation giving the English group their US breakthrough. This trend continued with the next Prodigy single “Breathe“, on which Keith performed vocals along with bandmate, Maxim.
The 1997 album, “The Fat of the Land” featured Keith’s vocal contributions to several tracks, namely “Breathe,” “Serial Thrilla,” “Fuel My Fire” and “Firestarter.” On the next Prodigy album, 2004’s “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned,” Keith did not perform any vocals, although he did appear on the “Hotride – El Batori Mix”, on the “Hotride” single.
The Prodigy album, Invaders Must Die, was released on February 23, 2009, and featured vocals by Keith on multiple tracks. Keith also released a single, “War” with dubstep artist Caspa in 2012.
Keith experimented with several solo/side projects, including the bands Flint and Clever Brains Fryin’. Only one single, “Aim4” by Flint, was released commercially, with Flint’s debut album, “Device #1” being canceled before release.
The outpouring of grief over Keith’s passing has been tremendous. Artists from around the world have posted their favorite tracks and memories with many saying that The Prodigy was the reason they began to produce electronic music in the first place.
If you or know someone who is struggling with depression or any other type of mental illness and is considering suicide in America, please call 1-800-273-8255.