Keith Flint, the frontman of music group The Prodigy, has died at the age of 49.
Flint was one of the founding members of the group, which played a major part in the U.K.’s rave scene before going on to become a major dance music act and achieving widespread mainstream success.
Local police confirmed Flint’s death in a statement.
“We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday, March 4,” the police said. “We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”
The group’s cofounder main songwriter Liam Howlett said in an Instagram post that Flint’s death was a suicide. “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” he wrote.
“I’m shell shocked, f—in angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam #theprodigy.”
The band confirmed Flint’s death in an earlier statement on social media, calling him a “true pioneer, innovator and legend.” Police added that there were no suspicious circumstances.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner,” the statement said.
The group released an album, “No Tourists,” in November and had been touring, with North American dates scheduled for May, although it was unclear at press time whether the tour will continue.