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Keith Flint lifeless: Prodigy bandmates ‘feared for singer’s security’

This is the country mansion heartbroken Prodigy star Keith Flint put up for sale in the days before his death.

The iconic frontman – who was found dead at the £1.5 million ($A2.788 million) property in Essex yesterday – was said to have transformed himself into a “country gent” while living at his beloved home, The Sun reports.

But despite living in unlikely tranquil surroundings, the home still has flashes of his wild man lifestyle including freaky modern art and a framed picture of an Uzi machine gun in the study.

Just days ago the 49-year-old decided to put his beloved four-bed home on the market – 22 years after purchasing it at the height of his Firestarter fame.

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media_cameraKeith Flint was found dead in his home yesterday. Picture: AP
media_cameraKeith Flint had just put his farmhouse up for sale, 22 years after purchasing it. Picture: Adersons Property

He had separated from DJ wife Mayumi Mai, who is believed to have been in Japan when he died.

Flint took over The Leather Bottle 10 minutes from his home to save it from closure in 2014 before stepping aside three years later.

Dave Kerton, a regular at the pub, said: “He wanted to be a country gent and would turn up in his tweed, but when he’d take his hat off you’d see these blue and green devil spikes.

“He was a normal bloke. He just wanted to be one of the lads.”

media_cameraThe home dates back to the 14th century. Picture: Andersons Estate Agents
media_cameraHe purchased the property for $A371,830. Picture: Andersons Estate Agents

The flamboyant singer had stamped his punk side on the 14th-century property.

Artwork of a machine gun hangs on the office wall, as well as hanging ornaments including a gothic gargoyle and a stag skull.

Elsewhere pictures of some of the eight dogs the pair doted on fill the fairytale-like crooked walls of the home Keith saw as his “sanctuary”.

A country-living kitchen complete with Aga and a roll-top bath can be seen along with a metal-framed bed.

The details reveal Keith had converted an outbuilding into a gym and one room into an office, meaning he was self-contained at the luxury pad.

The ‘orangery’ is described as: “A delightful little hideaway, a perfect place to read or watch wildlife.” The property also boasts a lake.

media_cameraPeriod features can be seen throughout the home. Picture: Andersons Estate Agents
media_cameraIt’s believed the home transformed Flint into a “country gent”. Picture: Andersons Estate Agents

Keith was born in Redbridge, East London, before moving to Braintree, Essex, as a teenager.

He formed The Prodigy in the town along with bandmate Liam Howlett.

In 1997, a year after their hit Firestarter soared to Number 1 and the single’s infamous video made Flint a household name, he purchased the Dunmow property for £200,000 ($A371,830).

media_cameraThe property also boasts a lake. Picture: Andersons Estate Agents

Neighbours in the wealthy village said he became part of the community and was often seen jogging and walking his dogs along the country lanes.

Jane Addison, who lives nearby, said: “I don’t know how many dogs he had, maybe eight-ish dogs, and he’d go round the fields on his quad, and when he wanted them to come back to him he’d shout ‘eggs and bacon’.

“He had lots of birds, canaries… in an aviary.”

media_cameraThe home sits atop approximately 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of land. Picture: Andersons Estate Agents


The prodigy frontman was seen dining with his personal trainer at a restaurant in Essex just hours before he took his own life.

Flint reportedly said he was “happy” after achieving a personal best running time, and also joked with other diners at the Galvin Green Man, the Daily Mail reports.

After buying his personal trainer lunch, he allegedly asked if he could take some beer and cider home.

A customer told the Daily Mail: “My wife and I were dining on an opposite table when my baby sone threw a fork on the floor, which Keith picked up and said hello, cracking a joke with my wife about it.

Keith Flint, the lead singer of the British band The Prodigy, has died aged 49.

The star, famous for hits with the band including Firestarter, Breathe and Out Of Space, was found on Monday morning at his home in Essex.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

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“He seemed really happy, talking to his trainer about how he’d achieved a personal best running and how it made him feel much better, opening his lungs up.”

The diner added Flint seemed positive, and was particular proud about how healthy he felt.

“There was no one else in the pub for him to be putting on an act for. So I was surprised and gutted as a fan of his work when I heard that he’d taken his own life so soon afterwards,” the diner said.

“He was dressed casually, with flashes of dyed blonde hair escaping out the back of a tweed flat cap, wearing a green combat jacket and trousers over an orange T-shirt and trainers, and he was buying lunch for his personal trainer. He also chatted with another female regular there who was dining with her daughter.”


Flint was assigned a full-time security guard because his bandmates were worried about his safety.

He was trailed 24/7 by a local minder and said he’d been put on “health watch” by bandmates after anti-hunt protesters stormed his English pub.

“Keith’s pub, The Leather Bottle, became a meeting place for the local hunt, and this information got out online,” a source told The Sun.

“A couple of times, anti-hunt protesters turned up and made a fuss. It really upset Keith and I know the band and the management were a bit worried for him.

media_cameraKeith Flint’s Prodigy bandmates Maxim (left) and Liam Howlett (far right) were said to be concerned for the singer’s safety. Picture: AFP

“He had a local minder, a big Essex lad, who would go everywhere with him.

“Keith told me he’d also been put on ‘health watch’ by the band. He hinted they were concerned for his health and wanted someone around to keep an eye on him.”

The Prodigy have yet to comment on the claims.

It comes as the star’s estranged wife, Mayumi Kai, deemed him a “true pioneer and legend”.

The DJ and model posted a Japanese newspaper story about Flint on her official Twitter account, which included a statement lauding Flint from his bandmates.

It has been claimed Flint had fallen into depression after his split with Kai forced him to put the couple’s farmhouse on the market.

Flint was last seen by locals two days before his death as he ran the Chelmsford park run in a personal best time of 21 minutes 22 seconds on Saturday morning.

media_cameraKeith Flint’s pub, the Leather Bottle, has been targeted by hunting protesters. Picture: Supplied

Fellow runner, journalist Rob Hadgraft, tweeted the picture and wrote: “Sad news about Keith Flint — comes only two days after he’d looked in great shape and spirits, storming round the Chelmsford Parkrun in a PB.”

The iconic singer was discovered “unresponsive” in his home on Monday morning after police and emergency services were called to the property.

The Prodigy’s co-founder Liam Howlett said Flint had “taken his own life”.

media_cameraKeith Flint (in orange bandana) ran in a local race two days before his death. Picture: Supplied

Famed for his devil-horns haircut and intense stage performances — the iconic 90s musician was performing just last month in Australia and New Zealand on a world tour set to run until May.

Flint, who once dated British TV star Gail Porter, was the face of the rave band and took centre stage on their best-known hit Firestarter, the single which launched him as an icon.

His ‘suicide’ came days after he put his beloved home on the market following his devastating marriage split from his wife who was in Japan at the time of his death.

Howlett, who founded the Prodigy with Flint in their hometown of Braintree, Essex, wrote: “The news is true. I can’t believe I am saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.

“I’m shell shocked, f****** angry, confused and heart broken r.i.p brother.”

media_cameraKeith Flint was a bona fide legend of the UK dance music scene. Picture: Matrix

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— with The Sun

Originally published as Prodigy singer’s kooky mansion

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