Keith Flint: petition launched to erect Braintree statue of much-loved musician
PUBLISHED: 08:28 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:28 22 March 2019
A petition calling for a statue of Prodigy front man Keith Flint to be built in Braintree has been signed by nearly 8,000 people.
The Prodigy formed in Braintree in the early 1990s before achieving worldwide recognition and conquering the dance and rave scene.
Flint, who sang lead vocals on the band’s number one single Firestarter, was found dead at his home in North End, near Dunmow, on March 4, aged 49.
At the inquest opening into Flint’s death, the court heard the provisional cause of death was hanging, with toxicology reports still to come.
The online petition, which appeals to Braintree District Council to honour the area’s “most famous son”, was created by Saphya Gower.
The petition reads: “Keith was important to not only the people of Braintree, but was well loved and respected worldwide and a pivotal piece of the music industry.
“Braintree being the Prodigy’s home town, we should remember him. It’ll also reflect how important it is to talk about mental health and not to suffer alone.
“Keith Flint was an icon, a legend in the music industry. He has had such an effect on so many people over the years, his energy and passion while he’s on stage or off stage was magical. He was such a lovely, genuine person too. The Prodigy’s music and Keith’s memory will always remain a big part of my life and to millions of others.
“Their music makes me feel alive, indestructible, invincible... I’ll be forever thankful to them.”
A spokesman for Braintree District Council said: “We were saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint who is an iconic part of our cultural heritage and many residents grew up listening to the Prodigy’s music. When the petition is passed to us we can consider suitable ways of remembering his contribution.”
To sign the petition go to https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/statue-of-keith-flint-in-braintree-town-centre.