Keith Flint Spent Final Days ‘Celebrating Dog’s Birthday And Helping Neighbours’

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Keith Flint spent his final days celebrating his dog's birthday.PA

Keith Flint was an era-defining front man, synonymous with the bold, hedonistic club culture of the ’90s.

From his electrifying stage presence to his furiously vivid appearance, Keith exuded the sort of life force which made you long for the Saturday night release of the dance floor.

And yet there was also a gentler, quieter side to Keith, who was also a beloved member of his local community.

Among neighbours, he was reportedly known for his kindness, his fondness for animals and his willingness to lend a helping hand to the elderly.

A source from his Essex neighbourhood told The Sun how Keith had spent his final days celebrating his dog’s birthday at a Chelmsford pub, and assisting elderly neighbours with their gardening.

The source explained:

About three days before he passed away, I ran into Keith at the Galvin Green Man pub.

He was there with one of his dogs, a mixed breed one, and he bought the dog a whole steak, saying it was the dog’s birthday and it was a treat.

He was a huge dog lover – I think he had about seven or eight dogs – and you’d always see him in the local village walking them.

He was so kind as well – he’d often offer to cut elderly neighbours’ hedges or help out with their garden.

Mere days before his death, Keith ran the 5k Chelmsford Central Park Run, completing it in an impressive personal best time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds.

Keith Flint was found dead at his Essex home at the age of 49 on March 4. His band mates later confirmed he had died by suicide.

Following the news of Keith’s death, The Prodigy released the following heartbreaking statement about their ‘brother and best friend’:

It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.

We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Keith Flint at this difficult time.

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Julia Banim

Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.