Keith Flint, singer and founder member of British dance band The Prodigy, has died at the age of 49.
The musician – famous for his sneering punk-style vocals and fluorescent spiked hair — was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex on Monday Mar. 4 police confirmed. The band’s surviving members, Liam Howlett, Maxim and Leeroy Thornhill and the group’s management had not commented on Flint’s death at press time.
The cause of his death is unknown. A spokesperson for Essex police said they were called to an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8 a.m. GMT in response to “concerns for the welfare of a man.”
“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,” said the police.
The Prodigy formed in Braintree, Essex in the early 1990s and hit No. 3 in the U.K. with their debut single “Charly.” A string of top ten hits followed, as did a chart-topping album (1994’s Music For The Jilted Generation), before “Firestarter,” sung by Flint, gave the band its first U.K. No. 1 in 1996 and established them as global stars.
The Prodigy’s third album, The Fat Of The Land, topped the charts in 21 countries, including the U.S., and has sold over 10 million copies to date. The group’s most recent album, No Tourists, was released last fall and became its seventh U.K. No. 1.
The Prodigy had been due to start their first headline U.S. tour in a decade on May. 3 in Jacksonville, Florida, wrapping May 19 in Chicago.