Fans of the late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint were invited to follow behind the funeral procession near his home in Essex, England. Huge crowds from all over the world gathered to pay their respects to the rave legend and they turned the funeral procession into a giant parade. Fans celebrated in the street with drinks and music to celebrate Flint’s life as his coffin was carted down the road on a carriage.
Fans are invited to line the procession route, starting at 3pm in Braintree, Essex on Fri 29th March, to pay their final respects & 'raise the roof' for Keef!
If anyone wishes to lay flowers or tributes these should be sent to St Mary's church in Bocking, no later than 2pm Friday pic.twitter.com/cMTDv2jKi9
— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 23, 2019
“The church service will just be for family and close friends, but there will be speakers relaying the ceremony outside the church for everyone to hear,” the band said in a post.
Some of the fans at Flint’s funeral traveled from as far as Australia to celebrate his life.
— Mark Piper (@Rubystone911) March 29, 2019
— George Henry King (@GeorgeHenryKing) March 29, 2019
— ITV News Anglia (@itvanglia) March 29, 2019
— Mixmag (@Mixmag) March 29, 2019
Araks Azarian of Australia told the Sun that he travels to see the Prodigy all the time, but this will be his last opportunity.
“I’ve been doing it for years, to see the boys, and this is going to be my last chance to do it,” Azarian said.
According to the Sun, “The service included readings from Prodigy live drummer Leo Crabtree and actor Paul Kaye, and songs Days Like This by Van Morrison, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, That’s Entertainment by The Jam and A Message To You Rudy by The Specials.”
Flint reportedly died from suicide after a lifetime of struggling with depression and other mental health issues. He was extremely open about the challenges he faced and occasionally spoke about suicide in interviews.
In a 2015 interview with FHM, Flint said:
“I’m not saving up for anything. I’m cashing it all now. I’ve always had this thing inside me that, when I’m done, I’ll kill myself. I swear to God that’s not suicidal – it’s definitely a positive thing. The moment I start s******* the bed is when you’ll see me on the front of a bus. I just want to look back and know that I’ve lived what I consider a fulfilled life.”
In another interview with the Times, Flint said that he often thought about taking his own life, but he never had the courage to go through with it.
“I got bang into coke, weed, drinking a lot. This made me reclusive, boring and shallow. I’d line up rows of pills and just take them and take them and I’d lose track of how many until I passed out. But you need a lot of balls to kill yourself. I was a coward,” Flint said.
However, his comments were not extremely unusual for someone suffering from depression, so many family members and friends were stunned by the news of his death.
After his passing, surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality said in a statement that, “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.”