Keith Flint: The Prodigy star’s fans gather at mural ahead of funeral

Keith Flint: The Prodigy star’s fans gather at mural ahead of funeral

Keith Flint died by suicide at the age of 49 earlier this month, his bandmates confirmed. An inquest into his death later heard Keith's provisional

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Keith Flint died by suicide at the age of 49 earlier this month, his bandmates confirmed. An inquest into his death later heard Keith’s provisional cause of death was hanging. Coroner’s officer Lynsey Chaffe told the hearing: “Police attended, all protocols were followed and his death was confirmed as not suspicious.” She added the provisional medical cause of death, recorded as hanging at a post-mortem examination on March 7, remained under investigation while toxicology reports were compiled.

Following the news of his tragic death, fans flocked to a mural in Southend in memory of the singer.

The artwork, drawn by local Southend artist John Bulley, sees the singer holding a microphone while performing.

Fans were seen taking pictures of the artwork which resembles one of the star’s iconic appearances sporting a mohawk.

Southend BID manager Alison Dewey told the Southend Echo: “I thought it might be a nice tribute to a brilliant Essex frontman and I, like many people of my generation who experienced the rave scene of the late 80’s and 90’s, loved The Prodigy! John’s painting is a wonderful way to remember Keith.”

Today, fans, family and friends of the star will flock to St. Mary’s Church in Braintree, Essex for his funeral.

Yesterday, the Reverend, who will be conducting the ceremony, spoke out about funeral plans.

He said Keith’s family are aware fans would want to “feel a part of the day” and, thus, the service will be relayed across the church grounds.

He told Braintree And Witham Times: “We all want it to be a fitting tribute and a chance to give thanks for Keith and this has always been part of what the family and band wanted from the start.

“Keith clearly had an impact on many people and so this is an opportunity for people to join him on this, his final journey, and show their respect.

The funeral procession will begin at 3pm and will take a 1.7-mile route to St Mary’s Church.

Earlier this month, The Prodigy encouraged fans to “raise the roof for Keef” in his memory.

In view of their 252,000 Twitter followers, they wrote: “If anyone wishes to lay flowers or tributes these should be sent to St Mary’s Church in Bocking, no later than 2pm Friday.”

The band added the church service will be for close friends and family only, adding: “But there will be speakers relaying the ceremony outside the church for everyone to hear.”

Following Keith’s death, his band mate Liam Howlett, 47, released a statement in view of their 366,000 Instagram followers.

He wrote: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.

“I’m shell shocked, f***in’ angry, confused and heart broken. RIP brother.”(sic)

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