Today, the music world is rattled by the news that Keith Flint, front man for trailblazing British electronic group The Prodigy, has been found dead at his home in Essex. He was 49.
With his volatile performances and crazy double mohawk, Flint was one of the most iconic figures in the U.K. techno scene. I, like many other millennials, was introduced to the Prodigy via the delightfully deranged music videos for their biggest hits, “Firestarter” and “Breathe,” which mesmerized and horrified my 12-year-old self in equal measure. I still remember the look of concern on the HMV clerk’s face the day I forced my mom to buy me their breakout album, The Fat of the Land. Its Molotov cocktail of furious breaks, buzzsaw synths, and punk-like vocals arguably sparked what would eventually become an EDM explosion in North America.
Prodigy bandmate Liam Howlett wrote on Instagram that Flint died by suicide.
Flint played his final show with the rave OGs in Auckland, New Zealand, just four weeks ago. Footage of the performance, which can be viewed below, shows him in typically unhinged form. As the world still processes his passing, it’s best to remember him in his element: on stage, pissed off, scaring the fuck out of people.
R.I.P. to a firestarter, twisted firestarter.