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Inquest into Keith Flint’s death records open verdict

By | Published on Thursday 9 May 2019

The Prodigy

An inquest into the death of Keith Flint has recorded an open verdict. It was ruled that the Prodigy vocalist died as a result of hanging. However, coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said that it was impossible to determine if he had intentionally taken his own life.

Addressing the hearing, Beasley-Murray said: “We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date. I’ve considered suicide. To record that, I would have to have found that, on the balance of probabilities, Mr Flint formed the idea and took a deliberate action knowing it would result in his death. Having regard to all the circumstances I don’t find that there’s enough evidence for that”.

She added that it was also not possible to rule that his death had been an accident, where he was “larking around and it all went horribly wrong”.

It was also reported that Flint was found to have cocaine, codeine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death in March. No suspicious circumstances and no third party involvement were found.

In a statement ahead of the inquest, The Prodigy said on social media: “It has been a tough time for everyone over the last few weeks since Keef’s passing. If you are struggling with depression, addiction or the impact of suicide, please do not suffer in silence. The Prodigy fully support the campaign to improve mental health for all”.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, Mind offers information and support on this and other topics relating to mental wellbeing. You can also contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or music industry-specific helplines Music Support on 0800 030 6789 and Music Minds Matter on 0808 802 8008.