Keith Flint, one of the vocalists for the English electronic music group The Prodigy, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in Essex on Monday, the band confirmed. He was 49.
“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” the group wrote on Twitter. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
An Instagram post from the group seemed to confirm Flint’s death was a suicide. “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” bandmate Liam Howlett captioned the photo. “I’m shell shocked, f—in angry, confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother.”
An Essex police spokesman confirmed Flint’s death to PEOPLE, explaining that officers discovered Flint after a welfare check was called on his behalf.
“We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8:10 a.m. on Monday,” the spokesperson said. “We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.”
“His next of kin have been informed,” the Essex spokesperson continued. “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
he Prodigy, alongside artists like Fatboy Slim and groups like the Chemical Brothers, were considered trailblazers of electronic music’s big beat genre — which dominated the charts in the 1990s.
Formed by Liam Howlett, the group — primarily made up of Howlett, Flint and rapper Maxim (formerly Maxim Reality) — first broke on to the rave scene at the top of the decade with their debut single “Charly this link opens in a new tab,” which kicked off the trend of mixing dance tracks with sample dialogue from popular cartoons. They would then hone their sound away from what was dubbed toy town techno to their more hardcore electronica sound with their first album, Experience, which spawned five hit singles including “Everybody in the Place (Fairground Edit)this link opens in a new tab,” “Out of Space this link opens in a new tab” and “Wind It Up (Rewound)this link opens in a new tab.”
Their second album, 1994’s Music for the Jilted Generation, would cement the band’s sound for good, as the LP including tracks that incorporated rock and metal influences. The effort and all six of The Prodigy‘s following albums, including 2018’s No Tourists, reached No. 1 on the U.K. charts.