UPDATE: Prodigy frontman Keith Flint took his own life at 49

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His body was discovered on Monday morning (March 4th) by police. He was 49 years old and while an official cause of death has not been announced, bandmateLiam Howlettsaid on social media that Flint committed suicide.

The band said in a statement, “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.”

Howlett, who founded and led The Prodigy, later wrote on Instagram, “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, f**kin angry, confused and heart broken . . . r.i.p brother.”

Originally recruited mainly as a dancer for The Prodigy, Flint became the voice and face of the group for its 1997 third album,The Fat Of The Land. The breakout LP produced the hits “Breathe,” “Firestarter” and the controversial “Smack My Bitch Up," reaching Number One on theBillboard200 in July 1997.

Flint's cartoonishly demonic look, punk attitude and frantic dance moves became the visual trademark of The Prodigy, one of the first electronic dance music acts to become a mainstream success. But Flint's role in the band was reduced after the release of another controversial track, "Baby's Got A Temper," in which Flint celebrated the “date rape” drug Rohypnol.

The singer/dancer did not appear onThe Fat of the Land‘s 2004 follow-upAlways Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, which featured guest vocalists in his place. He returned for 2009'sInvaders Must Die, and contributed both vocals and songwriting to 2015’sThe Day Is My Enemyand The Prodigy’s most recent LP, 2018’sNo Tourists.

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