The world of electronic music was a sadder place this morning with the news that Keith Flint of The Prodigy has died at the age of 49.
The band issued a statement this morning, 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. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
Industry names from across the music world have lined up to pay tribute to Flint, who has been an integral part of the group since its inception in 1991, and whose on-stage energy (not to mention terrifying punk persona during the group’s Firestarter era) helped take The Prodigy to the next level.
Dance music legend Carl Cox said that he learned of the news “with a heavy heart”.
Bestival founder Rob Da Bank described Flint as one of the “best ever front men” whose passing will “leave a huge gap in our festivals/raves/cultural history”.
oh that is so sad bout Keith… one of the most lovely, understated and kind men in ‘real life’ and obviously one of our best ever front men… he’ll leave a huge gap in our festivals/raves/cultural history 😥https://t.co/WM07lnm9JT— Rob da Bank (@RobdaBank) March 4, 2019
Vocalist Beverly Knight described Flint as a “titan”, saying that he was “perfection” up front for The Prodigy.
I just heard, and I am heartbroken. Once the most innovative, fearless, ballsy bands to grace a stage and Keith was perfection up front. We have lost a Titan. 💔 #KeithFlint #Prodigy https://t.co/YJ8knnPi1V— Beverley Knight (@Beverleyknight) March 4, 2019
The Black Madonna paid tribute to Flint by saying that she “damn near burned a hole through The Prodigy Experience” album when she was growing up.
RIP Keith Flint. I damn near burned a hole through The Prodigy Experience in 92 when there wasn’t a lot of accessible dance music in Kentucky. It was a huge deal for me. I can’t overstate it. I’m very grateful to have had proof that this world I wanted so badly actually existed.— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) March 4, 2019
UK duo Chase & Status said that they “wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed”.
Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from @the_prodigy has passed away. Our thoughts & condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed. RIP 💔— Chase & Status (@chaseandstatus) March 4, 2019
Ed from The Chemical Brothers, meanwhile, said that Flint was a “great man” who was “always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together”.
Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together..great man.— ed simons (@eddychemical) March 4, 2019
Journalist and broadcaster Jo Whiley, described Flint as an “incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre.”
Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint. Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre. 😓#RIPKeithFlint— Jo Whiley (@jowhiley) March 4, 2019
The Shamen’s Mr C, now resident in Los Angeles, sent condolences to Liam, Maxim and the wider Prodigy crew.
I just woke up to the terrible news about the passing of Keith Flint. Sending condolences to Liam & Leroy, Keith’s family & friends. R.I.P Keith. 🖤— Richard West / Mr.C (@mrcsuperfreq) March 4, 2019
Si Colebrook from rave outfit 2 Bad Mice wrote that with Flint’s passing, “we have lost another one of the originals.
We have lost another one of the originals. RIP Flinty.💔— si 2badmice (@Si2BadMice) March 4, 2019
With the news that Flint’s death was reportedly a suicide, Brazilian techno DJ Victor Ruiz urged those that are in distress to talk to family or friends.
And lastly, Sleaford Mods, who recently worked with Flint on the track Ibiza, offered a simple farewell to a music legend, saying, “Good night mate. Take it easy.”
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Keith Flint. Good night mate. Take it easy. ❤️— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) March 4, 2019
One thing’s for certain, we’ll never see his likes again. RIP Keith Flint.