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British singer Keith Flint has died by suicide at 49

Keith Flint, singer in the British electronic group The Prodigy, has died at 49. It was revealed that he took his own life.

"A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed," his coleagues wrote.The Prodigy was founded in Braintree, Essex, in 1990, by Liam Howlett. As their recent activity, the group, comprised of Howlett, Maxim (whose real name is Keith Palmer) and Flint released an album in November, and was due to go on tour with stops in New Orleans, Chicago and New York in May. was the vocalist for the band's two No. 1 singles on charts in the United Kingdom, "Firestarter" and "Breathe." The band has been nominated for two Grammys and seven MTV Video Music Awards, four of which it won.

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Flint of Prodigy

The band's signature hit, "Firestarter," was one of several landmark British songs honored at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Many artists remember Flint. "Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre," DJ Jo Whiley wrote on Twitter. Flint's distinctive appearance, vocals and dancing made him one of the most recognizable figures on the British electronic scene. He became a defining figure of 1990s British music. Ed Simons of British electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers also paid respects to Flint on Twitter, calling him a "great man." Rock group Kasabian described him as a "beautiful man" and an "incredible pioneer."

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