The Prodigy member and dance pioneer, Keith Flint, passes away

The Prodigy member and dance pioneer, Keith Flint, passes awayKeith Flint The Prodigy Credit Andrew Milligan

Electronic music took a huge loss on Monday morning, March 4, with the passing of The Prodigy founding member, Keith Flint. Police and paramedics were called over to his Essex home at around 8 a.m. on account of medical distress, where the musician was then pronounced dead at the scene. The vocalist was 49 years old.

According to a report from The Sun and co-founder/lead keyboardist Liam Howlett on The Prodigy’s Instagram, Flint had taken his own life. Authorities aren’t treating the cause as mysterious.

The Prodigy are considered god fathers of modern electronic music, forming in 1989 after Flint met Liam Howlett at a rave. Soon after, the band made a huge impact on listeners in and out of the UK scene for their punkish attitudes and forward-thinking, gritty tunes like “Firestarter,” “Omen,” and of course, their seminal, “Smack My Bitch Up.” They had just released their seventh studio LP, No Tourists, in November 2018 and were on the cusp of taking a headlining tour across the US for the first time in over a decade. Condolences from across dance music have begun pouring in on Twitter.

May this legend rest in peace.

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