Prodigy singer Keith Flint found hanged at Essex home, inquest hears

Enterprise News and Pictures 6/3/19 Pic shows: Keith Flint, the lead singer of The Prodigy, who was found dead from reported suicide at his Essex home aged 49 on Monday, March 4. It is believed he may have killed himself after failing to reconcile with his estranged wife, Mayumi Kai, a Japanese DJ, actress and model. Flint described Mayumi as the one who "saved" him from drugs and she was an important part of his life. They married in 2006 with a guest list that included Liam Gallagher and David Gest, but separated and had put their home in Dunmow, Essex, up for sale. Flint also dated Gail Porter in 1999 who responded to his death on Twitter posting: "Heartbroken." Keith Flint was instantly recognisable by his fluorescent spiked hair and known for his highly charged stage performances. Flint sang lead vocals on both the band's number one singles, Breathe and Firestarter. 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". On The Prodigy's official Instagram account, bandmate Liam Howlett 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 heartbroken." It emerged on Tuesday that Flint took part in a 5km park run in Chelmsford two days before his death. Organisers of the run said he posted a personal best time of 21 minutes 22 seconds and said they "wished he could have been part of our parkrun community for longer than he was". Keith Flint is pictured here on Feile Case's"open" Facebook page. See story...

Star’s secret girlfriend Faye Kelbie reportedly “absolutely devastated” over his death

The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint died by hanging, an inquest heard today.

A hearing in Chelmsford that lasted just a few minutes heard the Firestarter singer was found hanged at the Essex home he had previously shared with wife Mayumi Kai.

His secret girlfriend, mother-of-three Faye Kelbie (pictured above), 43, is reported to be “absolutely devastated” about his death, according to a report today in The Sun online.

Last week it was revealed Faye Kelbie, who runs her own dermatology clinic, had been in a serious relationship with Keith Flint after meeting him through mutual friends in their local village in Essex.

The Sun reveals a friend said: “Faye is absolutely devastated. For over two years, Keith was a huge part of her life and she adored him. They split up because she struggled with the amount of time he was touring. Faye just wishes she had known the extent of his unhappiness and mental health issues – she would have done all she could to help. But the feeling is that Keith made his mind up to end things weeks ago.”

Keith split from his wife after battling with drink, drugs and depression but appeared healthy and fit before his death. He was reported to have tried but failed to get his wife to return to the family home after their split.

The short Chelmsford hearing today revealed Keith’s death was confirmed as not suspicious.

A post-mortem was carried out and a toxicology report is being prepared before a full inquest on July 23.

Fans of Keith and The Prodigy have launched a Facebook campaign since his death to get his 1997 hit Firestarter to number one.