On Monday morning, it was reported that Keith Flint, longtime vocalist for the English electronic band the Prodigy, had passed away at the age of 49. Liam Howlett, the Prodigy’s central songwriter/keyboardist, added on the group’s Instagram page that Flint had taken his own life:
The Prodigy scored two UK Number One singles in 1996, as both “Firestarter” and “Breathe” put the group on the map in a huge way, the album The Fat of the Land becoming a massive crossover success in the United States as well.
The Prodigy just released a new studio album, No Tourists, in 2018, and were on the verge of embarking on a tour in support of it.
Firestarter: Watch the Prodigy's Keith Flint perform over the past 20 years – video pic.twitter.com/iSPfE69NkO
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 4, 2019
Flint is said to have been rather open about his depression over the years, which makes this that much more tragic of a loss. Far too often, and especially lately (or so it seems, with recent suicides by Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave), we’ve been given reminders that mental health doesn’t care if you’re rich or “successful,” nor if you’ve created music that has endured for multiple decades.
Depression is a scourge to everybody. If you need help, please seek it out — and if you notice a friend or loved one in need of help, please reach out — it’s the least you can do, and there’s no reason anybody should have to suffer alone.
— Crisis Text Line (@CrisisTextLine) March 4, 2019
Struggling today? You're not alone. pic.twitter.com/yWVsZYk1jD
— American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (@afspnational) March 4, 2019
May Keith Flint rest in peace.