Prodigy singer Keith Flint was found hanging at £1.5million mansion
Prodigy frontman Keith Flint was last pictured at a pub in Chelmsford, Essex, on March 2
The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint was found hanging in his £1.5million country mansion, an inquest heard today.
The 49-year-old singer was discovered unresponsive last Monday at his home in the Essex village of Dunmow, Chelmsford Coroner’s Court was told.
He had recently returned from a tour in Australia and locals said they had seen him jogging in the lead up to his death.
The inquest comes as Flint’s former bandmates thanked fans for their outpouring of support after his death.
A two-minute hearing this morning was told Flint had died by hanging and a toxicology report was being prepared.
Coroner’s assistant Lynsey Chaffe told the court today: ‘On March 4, 2019, Mr Flint, a 49-year-old gentleman, was found unresponsive at his home.
‘An ambulance was called paramedics arrived and found Mr Flint had passed away. Police attended, all protocols were followed and the death was confirmed as non-suspicious.
Flint, with his estranged wife Mayumi Kai in Kensingon, West London, in November 2009
The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett is seen in North London yesterday almost a week after Flint’s death
‘A post-mortem examination was carried out on March 6, 2019 at Broomfield Hospital by Doctor Lower who has given a provisional cause of death as hanging, which is under investigation whilst we are awaiting toxicology.’
A full hearing will take place on July 23. Senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray passed her condolences to the band’s manager as she set a date.
Howlett was seen filling up his sports car at the petrol station in North London yesterday
Flint’s Prodigy bandmate Liam Howlett was seen in North London yesterday, for the first time since Flint was found dead.
Howlett, 47, considered the leader of the band, was seen days after appearing to confirm Flint took his own life.
Previously he wrote 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 , f***ing angry, confused and heart broken r.i.p brother.’
Howlett was seen looking glum as he filled up his car in London, near to where there was a rave in honour of Flint over the weekend, with proceeds going to mental health charities.
Energetic musician, singer and dancer Flint was found unresponsive by medics in his marital home he shared with estranged wife Mayumi Kai.
Keith fought a long battle with drink, drugs and depression, however his wife previously had ‘saved him’ from his party lifestyle.
Over the weekend it emerged he had spent up to two years dating a mother-of-three in Essex before his death last week.
Howlett (left) and Flint (right) are pictured together at Too2much nightclub in London in 2006
Howlett seemed preoccupied and pensive as he filled up his car, according to witnesses
The Prodigy star was dating Faye Kelbie, 43, after the pair met in their local village.
The Prodigy frontman is understood to have delayed the sale of the couple’s country pile in the hopes of winning back Miss Kai
At the time of his death last Monday it was reported the Firestarter hitmaker had been asking Miss Kai to come home.
However, it has now emerged he had been dating Miss Kelbie after splitting with Miss Kai, a Japanese DJ, years ago.
The businesswoman has been devastated by his suicide, a friend told The Sun. The pair had broken up weeks ago but had talked days before his death, it was claimed.
Flint is believed to have taken his own life at his home.
A source close to Miss Kelbie told The Sun: ‘Faye is absolutely devastated. For over two years, Keith was a huge part of her life and she adored him. ‘They split up because she struggled with the amount of time he was touring.
‘Faye just wishes she had known the extent of his unhappiness and mental health issues — she would have done all she could to help. But the feeling is that Keith made his mind up to end things weeks ago.’
Miss Kelbie, who runs her own dermatology clinic and has three sons was seen crying after his death but declined to comment on their relationship.
Flint bought the country home in Dunmow, Essex, and the surrounding estate in 1997
The singer was last seen in a pub in Chelmsford buying lunch for his personal trainer. Just hours earlier he had run a Park Run 5k and reportedly got a personal best time in.
He was last seen on March 2, when he appeared to be in good spirits.
Pictures shared with MailOnline show hours after a park run the singer and dancer was casually dressed, eating with his personal trainer at the Galvin Green Man in Chelmsford.
He was seen joking with other diners as he bought lunch for himself and his trainer.
He even asked permission to take a few bottles of beer and cider home with him afterwards, it was claimed.
He was sat next to an unlit fire, prompting the photographer to initially joke about whether he was going to be a Firestarter again as he sang in his 1990s hit which made Prodigy a household name. However, he was battling personal demons.
A wall in Brick Lane, East London, was sprayed with a tribute to the singer who was adored by thousands of fans. The Prodigy said they have been touched by the outpouring of love for him
Flint was in a ‘serious relationship’ with secret girlfriend Faye Kelbie, according to reports
The Prodigy frontman is even understood to have delayed the sale of the couple’s country pile in Essex in hopes of winning back Miss Kai.
The 15th century farmhouse was listed for sale just days ago.
Flint was born on September 17, 1969, in Redbridge, East London. Pictures from his childhood show him sitting angelically with a neat side-parting for a school photo.
But Flint said he had an unhappy childhood and hated being at home. He added that he had ‘a dysfunctional side’, despite having a high IQ.
After leaving school, he moved to Braintree, Essex, and met Howlett in a nightclub. Flint was originally The Prodigy’s dancer but the band’s fortunes were transformed with him as vocalist and they would go on to sell 30million records.
Controversial songs such as Firestarter and Smack My B**** Up sparked public outrage but won the band millions of fans.
Faye Kelbie (pictured) is said to be devastated after the death of Flint, whom she was dating
Flint’s much-parodied performance in the 1996 video for No 1 single Firestarter – scowling and yelling ‘I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter’ – is said to have attracted the most viewer complaints in the history of Top Of The Pops.
The band had been due to appear at this year’s Glastonbury festival, which they had headlined in 1997, and their album No Tourists topped the charts in November.
They had recently returned from a tour of Australia and were due to appear in North and South America before making appearances at several of Europe’s summer festivals.
Flint briefly dated children’s TV presenter Gail Porter – as a couple they were dubbed ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but they split in 2000. Miss Porter last night tweeted one word: ‘Heartbroken.’
In 2006 he married Japanese DJ Miss Kai. Flint credited her with saving him from drugs but they had separated and she was working in Japan when he died.
The singer had reinvented himself as a country gentleman. Neighbours said he was nothing like his wild onstage persona but a well-spoken fitness fanatic who was often seen out riding, running or cycling and was teetotal.
One said: ‘He was lovely, always very friendly and polite. He liked to ride and loved his dogs. The image you might think of him with rings in his nose was wrong. He was really nice.’
Flint (left) seemed happy on March 2 in Chelmsford, proudly discussing that morning’s personal-best 5k run with his personal trainer (right) and how it felt good to open his lungs up
Flint (middle) takes part in the Park Run in Chelmsford two days before he was found dead
Flint bought and renovated a pub, The Leather Bottle, in the nearby village of Pleshey.
Customers were ordered to pay a £1 fine if they made a quip about Firestarter when he lit the pub’s fire. He quit the tenancy in 2017.
He was also involved with motorcycle racing as owner and manager of Team Traction Control, which won three Isle of Man TT races in 2015.
In an interview with FHM magazine in 2015, Flint said he ‘wasn’t saving up for anything’ and was ‘cashing it all now’.
In his trademark outspoken way, he added: ‘I’ve always had this thing inside me that, when I’m done, I’ll kill myself. I swear to God that’s not suicidal – it’s definitely a positive thing. The moment I start sh***ing the bed is when you’ll see me on the front of a bus.’
Essex Police said Flint had been alone at his house, which was set behind high walls in ten acres of land.
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The Prodigy songs enter the Top 40 chart following Keith Flint’s death
Flint in the video for 1996 hit Firestarter
Two of The Prodigy’s songs have entered the Official Big Top 40 following the death of singer Keith Flint.
The vocalist was found dead at his home in Essex on March 4.
His death sparked a surge in streams and downloads of the electronic band’s music, and their 1996 track Firestarter is now at seven in the Official Big Top 40 chart.
Their hit Breathe, which was also first released in 1996, is at number 31. Both songs were number one when they were first unveiled.
The Official Big Top 40 is compiled from Apple Music streaming and iTunes sales data, as well as airplay from the stations on which the show is broadcast.