The Prodigy fans are trading anecdotes about the group’s lead vocalist Keith Flint, following the sad news that the dance music icon has died.
The frontman was found dead at his home in Essex today (Monday March 4). “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” said The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality in a 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.” In an Instagram post, Howlett added: “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.”
Today, fans are remembering Keith Flint, sharing their chance encounters with the frontman, and the sometimes surprising ways in which his music has changed their lives.
So sad about Keith Flint. I gave birth to my eldest son accompanied by 'firestarter' playing away because my husband had in a mad panic, picked up the wrong tape. And instead of giving birth to Enya and ocean sounds it was The Prodigy. I don't regret it either.
— Fiona Mills (@Fionamills1) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint kept a swearbox above the fire in the pub he used to own (The Leather Bottle in Pleshey, Essex). Whenever he put the logs and kindling in and someone piped up with the obvious joke, he'd point to it and charge them a quid. RIP. pic.twitter.com/lEYZPXfrFj
— Steve Anglesey (@sanglesey) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint, lighter of flames. Once met him bounding out of a West End eaterie with a statuesque blonde. “You’re Keith Flint,” my mate said, stating the obvious. “Nah man, I’m just biting his style,” replied Keith with a gleam in his eye.
— Mark Butcher (@KOwriting) March 4, 2019
I once queued behind him for some samosas at Glastonbury. That’s it, that’s the story- but i was SO excited by it at the time. KEITH FLINT! QUEUING FOR FOOD LIKE A NORMAL!
— Nellie Thornley (@nellienorus) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint, about his Essex pub:
“We’ve got an open fire, and I’ve got about 57 quid in a pint pot above it because every time I go and light it, the Firestarter jokes come out. I’m like, that’s very funny, you owe me a pound. So I’ve got £57 going to charity.” (Guardian)
— Vinnie Quinn (@vinniequinn) March 4, 2019
R.I.P Keith Flint…can't believe was just last week I was sharing a story about how my mom n dad flew here a few years ago sat next to him on the plane, and he sang "blowing in the wind" to mom for Jaffa cakes 😂😂😂 yup the twisted firestarter singing Bob Dylan 😂😂
— Rob Clarke (@rob_baggies) March 4, 2019
We met Keith Flint (& Liam H) in a quiet Cornwall village a few years back. They were staying in our fav boozer with a couple of All Saints (?) Keith was an absolute gent, playing bar games with my eldest. #keithflint
— Steve Gray (@Kapt_Kopter) March 4, 2019
The Prodigy were never my thing but that’s a shame about Keith Flint. A fairly quiet bloke I know through work was up visiting and we went to midweek karaoke in The Horseshoe. Out of the blue, he got up and smashed ‘Breathe’ to the amazement of all in attendance.
— Graham Hendry (@TremendoHendo72) March 4, 2019
I fixed Keith Flint’s satellite dish back in around 2003, out in Felstead. Quiet, unassuming bloke with a couple of 14/10 German Shepherds and a lovely garden. I was totally starstruck but he was lovely.
— SfH (@simonfromharlow) March 4, 2019
Once when the tabloids were trying to foment “controversy” around the Prodigy, a reporter went to the village where Keith Flint lived to pump the locals for gossip. But they all said he was a very nice, quiet neighbour who mainly talked about a pond he was digging in his garden.
— Nick Fitzsimons (@NickFitz) March 4, 2019