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Tributes to The Prodigy's Keith Flint led by bandmates and Chemical Brothers

Keith Flint from The Prodigy (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Keith Flint from The Prodigy (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint has died aged 49.

The Firestarter singer was reportedly found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex. An Essex Police spokesman said: "We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at just after 8.10am on Monday.

"We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

Bandmate Liam Howlett claimed in a post on the band's official Instagram that "our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend". He said: "I'm shell shocked, f***** angry, confused and heart broken ..... r.i.p brother Liam."

Howlett and fellow bamdmate Maxim said in a statement: "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."

They added: "We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time."

Flint and producer Liam Howlett formed The Prodigy in 1990. Vocalist Maxim later joined the group.

Many stars have paid tribute to Flint, who rose to fame in the Brit Award-winning electronic band in the 1990s and was known for his bright green spiky hair.

Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington was among those paying tribute to Flint.

She tweeted: "Keith Flint. Horribly sad news. Thank you for The Prodigy. You'll be f***** missed."

Radio broadcaster Jo Whiley tweeted: "Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint.

"Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre. #RIPKeithFlint."

Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers tweeted: "Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together.. great man."

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