The comments were made in an interview with FHM in 2015
The 2015 interview – printed originally in FHM – sees Flint, who died yesterday (March 4) from suicide at the age of 49, open up about his mental health issues.
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Speaking to journalist Matt Blake, Flint discussed his struggles in the early 2000s, which coincided with a period when the Prodigy were struggling to write songs for the first time.
Flint said: “It was a dark period… I was drinking and taking too many drugs. The problem is, you’ve got shitloads of cash and shitloads of time and all you’re doing is looking for a buzz… I got to the point where I had to stop. I didn’t want to be a jabbering wreck.”
The Prodigy frontman went on to make some further comments about suicide in the same interview. He said: “I’m not saving up for anything… I’m cashing it all now. I’ve always had this thing inside me that, when I’m done, I’ll kill myself.”
In a statement following the news of Flint’s death, the surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality said: “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.”
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.”
Born 17 September 1969, Flint joined The Prodigy in 1990 – before they found fame and acclaim for their pioneering approach, genre-clash sound, blistering live shows and dark lyrics on 1992 debut ‘Experience’ and the 1994 Number One album ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’.
He lent vocals to their first Number One singles ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’ from 1997’s ‘Fat Of The Land’, which has sold 10 million copies to date.
Meanwhile, as tributes to Flint continue to pour in on social media, details of Flint’s final days have started to emerge as people have started to share their memories of the musician’s final days.
For help and advice on mental health:
- ‘Am I depressed?‘ – Help and advice on mental health and what to do next
- Help Musicians UK – Around the clock mental health support and advice for musicians
- Music Support Org – Help and support for musicians struggling with alcoholism, addiction, or mental health issues
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day