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Keith Flint, frontman for the band Prodigy, was found dead inside his home in the U.K. on Monday. The band confirmed Flint’s death in a Twitter post, saying: “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.” Flint was 49.
Police said the death is “not being treated as suspicious.” Prodigy’s Instagram account described Flint’s death as the result of suicide. “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 , fuckin angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother,” said the post, which was written by Liam Howlett, who formed the group in 1990.
Prodigy is best known in the U.S. for its 1996 hit, “Firestarter.” The video—which the Guardian said was banned by the BBC after it first aired because parents complained that it frightened children—features Flint, staring intensely into the camera while writhing and head-banging. As a result of the video and subsequent live performances, Flint became an iconic musical figure in the ’90s, in both the U.S. and U.K.
It was in the U.K., however, where Prodigy continued to roll out hits beyond “Firestarter.” Seven of the group’s eight records reached No. 1 in Great Britain, according to the Guardian, including its most recent record, No Tourists, which came out last November.
Flint joined Prodigy shortly after it formed in 1990 as a backup dancer, rising to frontman alongside his bandmate, Maxim. Tributes to Flint poured onto Twitter on Monday. Ed Simons, one-half of the iconic ’90s dance duo The Chemical Brothers, described Flint as a “great man” and referenced a 1995 show in which the two acts shared a stage. “He managed to kick the power out but no one minded he was Keith from the Prodigy and he could do.”