Prodigy Lead Singer Keith Flint Consumed Drugs and Alcohol Before His Death, Coroner Says

Singer died by hanging, but Essex, England coroner rules there is not enough evidence to declare the death a suicide

Last Updated: May 8, 2019 @ 7:47 AM

The Prodigy lead singer Keith Flint had cocaine, alcohol and codeine in his system at the time of his death on March 4, an inquest heard on Wednesday.

Flint, 49, had been found hanging in his Essex, England, farmhouse by a friend. However the coroner’s office said that there was insufficient evidence to rule his death as a suicide, the Guardian reported.

“We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date,” senior coroner for Essex, Caroline Beasley-Murray, said in conclusion.

Police found there were no suspicious circumstances and there was no third party involvement at Flint’s home, she confirmed.

“I’ve considered suicide. To record that, I would have to have found that, on the balance of probabilities, Mr Flint formed the idea and took a deliberate action knowing it would result in his death,” Beasley-Murray said. “Having regard to all the circumstances I don’t find that there’s enough evidence for that.”

The Prodigy had completed an Australian tour on its new album, “No Tourists,” shortly before Flint’s death and was due to launch a U.S. tour this month.

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 for 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.