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The Prodigy's Keith Flint dies aged 49

The Prodigy star Keith Flint has died aged 49, BBC reported.

Instantly recognisable for his fluorescent spiked hair and incendiary performances, the musician sang lead vocals on both the band's number one singles, Breathe and Firestarter.

He was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex, on Monday morning.

The band, who were due to tour the US in May, confirmed his death in a statement, remembering Flint as a "true pioneer, innovator and legend".

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In a post on The Prodigy's official Instagram account, bandmate Liam added: "I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.

"I'm shell-shocked... angry, confused and heart broken."

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.

Fans and friends flooded Twitter with tributes as news of the star's death spread.

The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons remembered him as "a great man" who was "always great fun to be around".

Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley described Flint as "an absolute sweetheart" and "iconic frontman"; and dance duo Chase & Status said: "We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed."

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My view: Keith Flint was a great talent. It is sad that he reportedly took his own life. I f you're depressed and having suicidal thoughts please get help.

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