The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, who was best known for singing 90s hits Firestarter and Breathe, was today found dead at his home in Essex. Police confirmed they attended an address in Essex and found a 49-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious. A message on The Prodigy’s website said: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother Keith Flint who sadly took his own life over the weekend.” Keith leaves behind his wife Mayumi Kai, who he said changed his life around after he led a hedonistic lifestyle for years.
The eclectic singer had long battled drink, drugs and depression throughout his career, with things spiralling out of control after the band’s fame wound down.
Keith told The Times in an interview: “I got bang into coke, weed, drinking a lot. This made me reclusive, boring and shallow.
“I’d line up rows of pills and just take them and take them and I’d lose track of how many until I passed out.”
The raver, famous for his green hair and self-styled devil horns, credited his wife Mayumi Kai as being the person to save him from his demons.
The pair wed at a star-studded ceremony in 2006 attended by Liam Gallagher, Busted star Matt Willis and Lisa Minnelli’s former husband David Gest.
Mayum is a Japanese DJ and music producer, signed to Universal Music, who also models.
Her stage named is DJ Gedo Super Mega B**chj.
Keith told The Times in 2009 how the pair met, saying: “We were touring and she just walked into this room we were in, and you know how it is, I just couldn’t talk, I was overwhelmed.
Mayum, who is in Toyko at the moment, has yet to speak out about Keith’s death publicly.
Liam Howlett, a founding member of The Prodigy, took to Instagram to speak of his loss.
He said: “Our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked, f***in’ angry, confused and heart broken. R.I.P brother Liam.”
Artists and DJs from the music world have also been paying tributes including Professor Green, and Chase and Status.