Keith Flint, the magnetic frontman of the British electronic group the Prodigy, died at 49-years-old this weekend at his home in Essex, England.
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” the band said in a social media statement. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
An official cause of death was not confirmed as of this morning, but the Prodigy founder, Liam Howlett, wrote on Instagram that Flint 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. I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother.”
Flint's distinctive appearance, vocals and dancing made him one of the most recognizable figures on the British techno scene, as well as the tattoo scene.
Known for his colorful double mohawk, tattoos and animated, erratic performances, Flint became a defining figure of 1990s British music.
Flint is most famous for his performance in such albums as Music for the Jilted Generation, The Fat of the Land, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, and Invaders Must Die. His charisma especially shines through two of band´s number one singles, “Breathe” and “Firestarter.”
Flint was also known for his own motorcycle team, “Team Traction Control.” The motorcycle fanatic once shared that one of his longest rides was from Britain to Southern Spain in 2007, where he attended the Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix and raced in club competitions.
While Flint’s life consisted of music and motorcycles, he also was a part of the tattooed club.
In the interview for the UK press, he confessed that his most painful tattoo was the word “inflicted” inked on his stomach.
His left arm is completely covered, notably with some tribal work, and the right one had scattered black and grey images, including a skull, grenade, and roses.
British electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons paid tribute, amongst many, to Flint on Twitter, calling him a "great man."
"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed," electronic group Chase & Status added, while British radio presenter Jo Whiley wrote, "Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre."