5 April 2019 by Lauren Hancock
Despite the grief felt, family, friends & fans rallied together to celebrate Keith’s life by giving him a moving farewell. Thousands lined the streets of Bocking to watch the funeral procession as well as pay their respects. Though the service was a closed event, this was broadcast to those outside over a loudspeaker.
Once proceedings ended, fans partied in the streets of Bocking with the sound of The Prodigy filling the air. Later, a firework display took place at the Chelmsford City Racecourse in honour of Keith.
Last Friday’s events prove funerals can be a way to celebrate life; despite being a difficult time for everyone who knew and loved Keith.
Keith Flint Biography
Keith Charles Flint (17 September 1969 – 4 March 2019) was an English vocalist, dancer, and motorcycle racer. He was a founding member of the electronic dance act the Prodigy. Starting out as a dancer, he became the frontman of the group and performed on the group’s two UK number one singles, “Firestarter” and “Breathe” both released in 1996. He was also the lead singer of his own band, Flint. He owned a motorcycle racing team, Team Traction Control, which won three Isle of Man TT races in 2015 and competed in the British Supersport Championship.
Following his death, many musical artists and music industry figures from around the world paid tribute to Flint. Many tributes highlighted Flint’s gentle temperament, illustrating a personal kindness, politeness, and generosity that contrasted with his energetic and sometimes aggressive stage persona.
Fans used the hashtag ‘Firestarter4Number1’ on social media in a campaign to try to get the song “Firestarter” to Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart as a mark for respect for Flint and to raise awareness for male suicide in the UK.
Flint’s funeral was held on 29 March 2019. There was a 1.5-mile public procession attended by fans from around the world followed by a private ceremony at St Mary’s Church Bocking, Essex attended by family and friends including Flint’s wife, Mayumi Kai, and his bandmates Liam Howlett, Maxim and Leeroy Thornhill.
(Bio taken from wikipedia.com)
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