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Prodigy's Keith Flint, singer of "Firestarter", dies aged 49

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Keith Flint, lead singer of dance-electronic band The Prodigy, has been found dead at his home near London. He was 49. Flint was the stage persona of the band, whose hits "Firestarter" and "Breathe" fused techno, breakbeat and acid house music. The band sold 30 million records, taking rave music from an insular community of party-goers and bringing it to an international audience. The energetic frontman was also known for his distinctive look: black eyeliner and hair spiked into two horns.

Keith Flint, the British musician who sang lead vocals for The Prodigy's hits such as "Firestarter" and "Breathe", has died aged 49, his bandmates said on Monday, saying the singer had taken his own life.

Flint became one of the best known faces of 1990s British electronic music, performing apparently random dance moves often with eccentric hair cuts, sometimes styled as devil's horns.

"I'm a firestarter, twisted firestarter," he sang in the 1996 hit which introduced the blistering sounds of Britain's underground rave generation to the mainstream. "I'm the self inflicted, mind detonator, yeah."

Police were called to an address in Essex, eastern England, shortly after 8.10am on Monday where they found a 49-year-old who was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

"It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint," other members of Prodigy said in a statement. "A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed."

Liam Howlett, founder of the group, said Flint had taken his own life.

"Our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I'm shell shocked, fuckin' angry, confused and heart broken," Howlett said on Instagram. "R.I.P brother Liam."

The Prodigy had their first gig in Dalston, east London, and released dance track Charly in August 1991. NME said the 1997 'Fat Of The Land' album, which included 'Firestarter' and 'Breathe', had sold 10 million copies to date.

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