Thousands to line streets for Keith Flint's funeral as Prodigy say 'raise the roof'

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Music fans have travelled from around the world to line the streets of Essex to mark the funeral of Prodigy star Keith Flint, with festival flags flying and music playing over loudspeakers outside the church.

Many of them gathered on a green between the church and the village pub, with crowd control barriers and portable toilets in place to accommodate the numbers.

Among them was 25-year-old Maria Lelicova, who flew in from Prague for the service and became tearful as she said “it’s the last time to have a connection, say goodbye”.

“I never had so strong connection with other bands as with The Prodigy and it’s really something unique and it’s part of my life,” she said.

 

Keith Flint funeral procession

PRCOESSION: Keith Flint’s funeral went through Braintree (Pic: WENN)

Murals for Keith Flint

KEEF: Fans have laid murals for Keith Flint (Pic: WENN)

Ravers will line the procession route to the church today for Keith Flint’s funeral.

The much-loved vocalist was found dead at his home in Essex on March 4 at the age of 49.

A private funeral service celebrating his life will take place at St Mary’s church in Bocking, Essex. Vicar Rod Reid has said it will be a big celebration for a “local hero”.

A tweet from the band’s official Twitter page said: “Fans are invited to line the procession route, starting at 3pm in Braintree, Essex on Fri 29th March, to pay their final respects & ‘raise the roof’ for Keef!

Keith Flint murals

RIP: Thousands are expected to line the streets for Keith Flint’s funeral (Pic: WENN)

Prodigy fans

RAVERS: Emotional Prodigy fans at Keith Flint’s funeral (Pic: WENN)

Prodigy frontman Keith Flint's funeral takes place today

‘RAISE THE ROOF’: Thousands of revellers will line the streets for Keith Flint’s funeral (Pic: DS)

“If anyone wishes to lay flowers or tributes these should be sent to St Mary’s church in Bocking, no later than 2pm Friday.

“The church service will just be for family and close friends, but there will be speakers relaying the ceremony outside the church for everyone to hear.”

Essex Police said roads in the area would remain open and warned of delays as they were expecting a “large number of well-wishers” to attend.

An inquest heard earlier this month that he died by hanging.

Keith Flint and the Prodigy

FIRESTARTER: Keith rose to fame as the frontman of the Prodigy (Pic: PA)

Keith Flint

RIP: Keith Flint killed himself aged 49 (Pic: GETTY)

His bandmate Liam Howlett said in an earlier Instagram post that  “took his own life”.

The singer rose to fame in the Brit Award-winning electronic band in the 1990s and was known for hits including Firestarter and Breathe.

They released their latest album No Tourists in November, their seventh consecutive number one record.

He was described in a statement by Howlett and fellow bandmate Maxim as “a true pioneer, innovator and legend”.

Prodigy fan at Keith Flint's funeral

ICONIC: One fan modelled Keith’s hairstyle (Pic: WENN)

Keith Flint and Gail Porter

HEARTBROKEN” Flint’s former girlfriend Gail Porter tweeted about her sadness (Pic: GETTY)

Keith Flint in firestarter

LEGEND: Flint was responsible for the growth of the rave scene (Pic: SG)

Prodigy funeral

FANS: Tributes have been laid for Keith Flint (Pic: WENN)

They said was their “brother and best friend” and “he will be forever missed”.

The last picture of the star was taken part in the 5k Chelmsford Central parkrun on March 2, posting a personal best time of 21.22.

Following his death, The Prodigy cancelled all shows “with immediate effect”.

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