They've been ringing ahead to check with the pub
Flint, 49, was found dead in his Dunmow home on Monday (March 4) and is said to have taken his own life. He lived near Pleshey’s The Leather Bottle pub, which he ran from late 2014 to March 2017.
The Leather Bottle’s landlord, Robert Reilly, told NME that fans have been visiting the pub since Monday to remember Flint – and that have promised to turn up over the weekend to pay special tribute.
“The fans are phoning up and saying that they’re doing stuff over the weekend and next week, asking if it’s OK to come pay tribute. Obviously we’ve been saying yes,” he said.
Reilly, who took over from Flint in April 2017, said there is currently nothing at the pub in the form of shrines or flowers but that Flint’s local friends have been visiting.
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Speaking about the reaction to Flint’s death, he said: “It was a shock, really, because obviously here was here for two and a half years and he put so much into the pub and for his friends who do use the pub, it was just a shock for them and a weird day for them, really.”
Asked if The Leather Bottle has plans to commemorate The Prodigy star with something permanent, Reilly replied: “There is, but not at the moment. As far as the pub is concerned there will be something in the near future.”
EssexLive reports that Flint would drink with the locals when he ran The Leather Bottle and even installed a ‘swear jar’ for people making jokes about him lighting the pub’s fireplace. Flint also sat down to respond to TripAdvisor reviews of his pub for NME.
Despite once being very involved with the Essex pub, Reilly said that Flint only visited it once since he rescinded ownership in 2017.
“Whilst there was much complexity to the man, an easier and simpler memory is of Keef enjoying life and shining brightly – onstage or off,” he said.
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