Keith Flint, the intense and distinctive frontman of the British electronic group The Prodigy, apparently took his own life over the weekend at his home in Essex, England. His body was discovered on Monday morning by police. He was 49 years old and while an official cause of death has not been announced, bandmate Liam Howlett said on social media that Flint committed suicide. The band said in a statement, “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.” Howlett, who founded and led The Prodigy, later wrote on Instagram, “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked, f**kin angry, confused and heart broken . . . r.i.p brother.” Originally recruited mainly as a dancer for The Prodigy, Flint became the voice and face of the group for its 1997 third album, The Fat Of The Land. The breakout LP produced the hits “Breathe,” “Firestarter” and the controversial “Smack My Bitch Up,” reaching Number One on the Billboard 200 in July 1997.