Keith Flint, the lead singer of the pioneering 1990s British electronica band The Prodigy, was found dead on Monday in his U.K. home, the BBC reported. He was 49.
Police in Dunmow, Essex, said they were “called to concerns for the welfare of a man” but that he was”pronounced dead at the scene.” Cause of death is awaiting a coroner’s report but the police statement noted, “The death is not being treated as suspicious.”
The band had just completed an Australian tour on its new album, “No Tourists,” and was due to launch a U.S. tour in May.
Flint, who initially joined The Prodigy as a dancer, became the band’s lead singer and performed on No. 1 singles such as “Firestarter” and “Breathe.”
With his spiky shock of hair and eyeliner-enhanced stare, he became a dynamic frontman of the group.
The deliberately in-your-face black-and-white video for the 1996 hit “Firestarter” — which focused on a headbanging Flint singing “I’m the bitch you hated / filth infatuated” — was banned by the BBC after parental complaints, according to The Guardian.
Tributes to Flint soon flooded the internet.
“RIP Keith. Burn bright up there,” wrote Paul Arthurs, the guitarist and founding member of Oasis.
Devastated to hear Keith Flint has passed away. The greatest front man to a band that has inspired me for as long as I can remember. A fire starter that will be missed forever. His legend will live on. ???????????? RIP pic.twitter.com/usShksHDpn
— Wilkinson (@WilkinsonUK) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith. Burn bright up there. X
— Paul Arthurs. (@BoneheadsPage) March 4, 2019
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.
— ed simons (@eddychemical) March 4, 2019
RIP Keith Flint. Very sad to hear the news that he’s passed away. I wouldn’t do what I do without him and The Prodigy in my life. A huge inspiration to me and many others ???? pic.twitter.com/gXb8cHJGbW
— Friction (@friction) March 4, 2019