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Keith Flint, The Prodigy singer, died at the age of 49

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By By Elisha Fieldstadt

Keith Flint, singer in the British electronic group The Prodigy has died, the band said Monday in a statement. He was 49 years old.

"With deepest shock and grief, we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint," said one statement on the band's Facebook page. "A true pioneer, innovator and legend, he will be missed forever."

The Prodigy was founded in 1990 in Braintree, Essex, by Liam Howlett.

The group consisting of Howlett, Maxim (whose real name is Keith Palmer) and Flint released an album in November that was due to tour in May with stops in New Orleans, Chicago and New York.

Flint was the singer of both UK's number one charts, "Firestarter" and "Breathe."

The band was nominated for two Grammys and seven MTV Video Music Awards, four of which were won.

Flint was also an avid motorcyclist.

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