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The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint passed away at age 49 last week and the coroner has just confirmed the cause of death.

The cause was suicide by hanging according to the coroner in Essex, England, the BBC reports.

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They are still awaiting toxicology reports to come in, but have determined the cause of death is not suspicious.

An Essex Police spokesperson told NME they were contacted to check on Flint Monday morning around 8 a.m. GMT.

“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, March 4,” the spokesperson says. “We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”

The Prodigy’s remaining members Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality issued a statement:

“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”

The band later confirmed the cause of death on Instagram:

“The news is true , I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked , fuckin angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam #theprodigy”

You can see that post below.

Flint joined the Prodigy in 1990. The band released seven full-lengths with their most recent being No Tourists in 2018.

Also, the trio were set to embark on a short string of U.S. dates this May including Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida. The band announced the gigs in February, revealing it was their first headlining U.S. tour in 10 years. However, the Prodigy have recently announced that all scheduled forthcoming shows will be cancelled.

Our thoughts are with Flint’s family and friends at this time.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found.  Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:

MentalHealth.gov – Get Immediate Help

ImAlive – Online Crisis Network

International Association For Suicide Prevention – Resources

The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America

The National Alliance On Mental Illness

American Psychiatric Association – Finding Help

National Institute Of Mental Health

American Psychological Association – Psychologist locator

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