A huge crowd of fans gathered in Braintree, Essex to celebrate the life of the Prodigy frontman
Thousands of fans lined the streets of Essex yesterday to celebrate and pay tribute to the late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, who died earlier this month.
Flint died earlier this month (March 4) at his Essex home, with an inquest later stating that he had taken his own life. He was 49.
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” said surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality in a statement after he died. “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.”
Thousands of fans gathered to pay their respects, with many playing dance music in Flint’s honour. A horse drawn hearse begun its journey down a 1.7 mile procession route at 3pm towards St Mary’s Church in Bocking.
A floral arrangement of the famous Prodigy ant logo could be seen at the back of the carriage and ‘Keef’, spelt out in bright orange flowers, appeared at the front.
You can see some images and footage from the procession below:
Keith’s coffin arrived at St Mary’s Church just before 4:30pm, accompanied by his bandmates who walked behind. Liam could be seen carrying Keith’s belt over his shoulder as fans cheered and applauded in tribute.
The Order of Service was shared with fans outside the church where the service was also played via loudspeaker. Keith’s eulogy was read by Paul Kaye alongside a number of poems from Flint’s friends and family; the Prodigy’s drummer Leo Crabtree wrote and read his own poem at the service.
Beginning the service, the Reverend Rod Reid said: “The fact we are here today for his funeral is surreal. But we can celebrate his life and raise the roof.”
He added: “What a way to start things off. A packed church and so many fans outside. Thank you so much, each and every one of you.
“This service…full of music, will show Keith’s public persona, the energy and the fire that went with that, and the gentle soul, that those who were close to him saw much more of.”
The processional music at the service was System of a Down’s ‘Aerials’; other songs played in tribute included Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’, Van Morrison’s ‘Days Like These’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’ by The Jam. The recessional music was The Specials ‘A Message To You, Rudy.’
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