Keith Flint’s wild life in his own words as Prodigy legend dies at 49
Keith Flint lived a wild and eccentric life, and once said that when he was done, he’d kill himself.
In the past, he’s spoken openly about drug taking and the amount of women he’s bedded thanks to the fame being Prodigy’s frontman brought him.
The star was found dead today, at the age of 49, after taking his own life.
Keith, who felt the "nanny state" would "turn us all into zombies", didn’t like playing by the rules, whether it was ignoring a no smoking sign or taking Class A drugs.
And once, while speaking to journalist Matt Blake , Keith said he would take his own life when he was done with fame.
He 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***ting the bed is when you’ll see me on the front of a bus."
Keith also said he refused to have a personal manager, admitting he once culled staff who were like "maggots" feeding off the band.
He said: "When you’ve got people telling you to do this and that, you can feel like meat. So I now only directly deal with [bandmates] Liam or Maxim. I’ve never had a personal manager; I’ve always looked after myself. That’s why I dress myself, that’s why I speak for myself, and that’s why I remain myself.
"I’m quite willing to f**k things up for myself but I’m not going to have some c**t do it for me. Not for something that’s so precious. Would you let someone come into your family and tell you how it should be run? I never have, and right now, I’m using that history to be even more of a c**t."
Keith didn’t have the happiest of childhoods in Braintree, Essex, with his parents splitting when he was young.
He grew up to become a man worlds apart from the chubby-cheeked floppy-haired boy smiling for his school picture.
But his school days were far from perfect either, and he was thrown out at the age of 15.
He said that while he was disruptive, he tested a high IQ, but that the problem was he was "on the spectrum somewhere".
After leaving school, Keith worked as a butcher, a roofer, and even an investigative driller as he sought out the adventure he was craving.
He went travelling around the Middle East and Africa before returning home to find the acid house rave scene.
In 1989, he met little-known dance DJ Liam Howlett, and they went on to form Prodigy together.
He said: "Yeah, it was a dark period. I was drinking and taking too many drugs. The problem is, you’ve got s**tloads of cash and s**tloads of time and all you’re doing is looking for a buzz. I did f**k all really, apart from being a jerk."
He said he got to a point where he was a "jabbering wreck".
A video of Keith chatting to record producer Richard Russell in 2014 shows him talking about his drug use and the rave scene.
He said: "My entry into rave culture was when I came back from travelling.
"I was a bit lost, had no house, was sleeping on a friend’s sofa."
He added: "Her mate came around telling me about rave parties at The Barn.
"It was a local club people used to go to. She spoke about it was such enthusiasm and passion, I though I’ve got to be a part of it.
"The next Friday, I went to The Barn, took some acid, took some ecstasy and never looked back."
And he doubted he’d ever get to old age, vowing to live fast and make every second count.
"When, and if, I get to 65, I’d like to say that I did everything – the lot," he said.
"I’d like to think I’ve bedded loads of babes and lived out my ultimate sex fantasies. I’d like to think I’d been through every colour with my hair and everywhere that could have been pierced on my body had been pierced.
"Even if all my tattoos have gone saggy by then, at least I can say, ‘I did it’.
"Anyhow, can you think of any other job I could do? My school results were terrible and I don’t know how to wallpaper or do anything else.
"Without this group and this job, I could be making lives a little more miserable for everyone by being the nasty one on the counter at McDonald’s somewhere. Think about it."
Keith said that he changed his ways when he met his wife, Japanese DJ Mayumi Kai.
They married in 2006.
Speaking about her in 2009, he told The Times: "We were touring and she just walked into this room we were in, and you know how it is, I just couldn’t talk, I was overwhelmed. I’d done my share of drugs and shagging around.
"Look, we all like to get busy, but in truth I was a bit worn through with it."
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