Keith Charles Flint (17th September 1969 – 4th March 2019)
Today, the sad news filtered to the country that Keith Flint, of dance music superstars, The Prodigy, had died at the weekend. He was 49.
Flint was always remembered as the wild, energetic dancer of the Essex group, sharing vocal duties with Maxim whenever it was needed. but it was 1997 that Flint became a household name with his punk style and punk lead vocals on their smash hit, Firestarter.
The band had already received critical acclaim for the previous album, Music For The Jilted Generation. But the 1997 release, The Fat Of The Land, propelled them into superstar status, and Flint was at the very forefront of it.
The singles, Firestarter and Breathe, were both smash hits, reaching number one in the UK charts. Keith Flint sang vocals on them and reached out to people who hadn’t even thought about listening to something like this. They liked him and they liked the music that came with him.
Underneath it all, Flint was a relatively everyday sort of person. He had a love of motorcycles and motorcycle racing. He even owned his own team, Team Traction Control, which won three Isle Of Man TT races in 2015. They also competed in the British Supersport Championship as well.
But Flint suffered from depression, something he himself admitted. A dependence on prescription drugs took it’s toll on the singer. But he got himself clean when he married Japanese DJ, Mayumi Kai.
His band mate and the man who Flint shaped The Prodigy with, Liam Howlett, put a message on Instagram saying, “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother, Keith, took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked……angry, confused and heart broken.”
His death will be a mystery for some time to come, but let’s remember the good times that Keith Flint brought to us. Everybody had a little bit of Keith Flint in them, and the fact he was just like the person down the street made him even more likeable. A former roofer who became a superstar, making it possible for people to believe they can achieve anything.
Rest in paradise, Keith Flint
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