The Prodigy‘s iconic single ‘Firestarter’ is climbing up the charts in the wake of the tragic death of frontman Keith Flint.
Flint was found dead at his Essex home last week. The surviving bandmates paid remembered Flint as “a true pioneer, innovator and legend”, before Liam Hewlett revealed that he had taken his own life. An inquest into the cause of his death opened yesterday, confirming that the incident was not being treated as suspicious and that he had died by hanging.
In honour of Flint, fans started a Facebook campaign encouraging people to listen to and buy their track ‘Firestarter’, in a bid to return it to Number One. Now, the Official Charts Company reports that the single has risen to Number 57. Fans have three more days to boost the track further up the charts.
Buy the song on iTunes here, and listen to it on Spotify below.
“Rest in peace to the fire starter,” reads the petition to get the song to Number One. “Let’s make sure the fire continues.
“We need to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and that needs to change! This is the best way to raise Keith’s profile and bring his plight to the forefront of pop culture and mainstream.”
- The NME Obituary: Keith Flint, 1969-2019: the twisted face of rave, the beating heart of The Prodigy
They added: “If you don’t want to spend any money then place the song on repeat in a streaming platform such as Spotify or Deezer then mute it and leave it on. This will also count towards the charts.”
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” said the surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality in a statement after his passing. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
Over the weekend, they also thanked fans for their continued support and tributes. The band have also cancelled all of their upcoming scheduled tour dates, with Emily Eavis revealing that the band were booked to play Glastonbury 2019.
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