“My heart is broken for him”: Sex Pistols icon Johnny Rotten pays tribute to Keith Flint

"Nobody loved him and he was left alone and he got destroyed."

Sex Pistols icon Johnny Rotten has paid tribute to Keith Flint, after The Prodigy frontman’s death was confirmed on Monday.

The musician was found dead at his home near Dunmow, Essex. His bandmates confirmed he had taken his own life on their social media pages, while a spokesperson for Essex Police told NME his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Speaking at the premiere of the forthcoming Punk documentary in Los Angeles, Rotten – real name John Lydon– claimed that Keith had been left “alone” and “unloved” after the mammoth success of the band in the 1990s.

“My heart is broken for him. He was a good friend of mine,” said Lydon, visibly emotional.

“Nobody loved him and he was left alone and he got destroyed. Why do so many people in this industry be left alone? Come to me, I’m Johnny.”

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Lydon added to TMZ: “What you’ve got to understand is, were not looking after each other anymore … any of you out there, come talk to me. Alright? Come talk to me. We do not need to die.”

His tribute came as The Prodigy confirmed on Twitter that all future shows would be “cancelled with immediate effect”.

Confirming his death in a statement yesterday, The Prodigy 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 the wake of his death, the details of Flint’s final hours began to emerge. It was revealed that he had been seen completing a Park Run in Essex over the weekend, while others had seen him buying lunch for his personal trainer in a local pub.