The Prodigy rocker Keith Flint died in his Essex home and was found on Monday morning – but his wife Mayumi Kai was in Japan at the time
Keith Flint is believed to have taken his own life over the weekend as his wife Mayumi Kai worked her professional job in Japan.
The Prodigy rocker, 49, is said by his bandmate and best friend to have died by suicide before being found by police conducting a welfare check at his home in Essex.
Liam Howlett, who performed alongside Keith for more than 30 years, paid tribute to him in a heartbreaking post.
“The news is true , I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” he captioned a picture of Keith on stage.
I’m shell shocked , f**kin angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam #theprodigy .”
Tragically, Keith’s beloved wife Mayumi is thought to have been nearly 6,000 miles away in Tokyo, where she was preparing to DJ at the nightclub Atom Tokyo.
Mayumi, who performs under the name DJ Gedo Super Mega Bitch, shared images to her Instagram story on Sunday afternoon that suggested she’d just taken part in a livestream with fans.
And her last Instagram post, published on March 2, was a promotional post plugging her upcoming four DJing slots at Atom, which were due to take place on every Wednesday in March, starting with the 6th.
Every Wednesday Atom Tokyo,” she captioned it. “1F DJ so please come and visit the floor.”
Keith had been open and honest about his love for Mayumi, who he married in December 2006 in front of an eclectic line-up of guests, including Matt Willis and David Gest.
“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 sh*gging around,” Keith told The Times in 2009.
“Look, we all like to get busy, but in truth I was a bit worn through with it.”
He added: “We’re not exactly planning to have children, but we’re not planning not to either.”
Keith said he and Mayumi loved travelling around Europe together.
He said: “We take one of the Range Rovers, and plan our route, and stay in hotels along the way, nothing lah-di-dah.”
They also enjoyed exploring rural Essex after Keith’s wild younger years.
“We like to take picnics and sandwiches, driving through the green lanes. My wife loves the house, the dogs, and the animals we have around us, the deer and the fox that comes and pokes his head through the hedge,” he added.
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