Coroner says there's 'insufficient evidence for suicide' in Keith Flint death

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ARCHIV - Keith Flint von der Band "The Prodigy" singt am 28. Juni 2008 beim "Open Air Music Festival" in St. Gallen, Schweiz. Die britischen Elektro-Punker haben weitere Konzerte im Rahmen ihrer "Invaders Must Die"-Tour 2009 fuer Deutschland im November bestaetigt. (AP Photo/Keystone, Ennio Leanza) --- FILE- Keith Flint, singer of the British electro dance band "The Prodigy" performs during the open air music festival in St. Gallen, Switzerland, late Saturday, June 28, 2008. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)
Keith Flint (Credit: AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)

Keith Flint had unspecified amounts cocaine, codeine and alcohol present in his system at the time of his death, the coroner has confirmed.

At an inquest at Chelmsford Coroner's Court, Caroline Beasley-Murray, senior coroner for Essex, also said that an open conclusion had been recorded for the cause of death, because there was not sufficient evidence to suggest he had taken his own life.

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“We will never quite know what was going on his mind on that date,” she said.

“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.”

Ms Beasley-Murray also said that there was not enough evidence to confirm that Flint's death was an accident either, in which he may have been 'larking around and it all went horribly wrong'.

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Flint, who was 49, was found dead at his home in North End, Essex, by a friend on March 4.

His death sent shockwaves through the music business, with band-leader Liam Howlett saying that he was 'shell shocked, f**kin angry, confused and heart broken' in breaking the news to fans.

In a statement, the band called him 'a true pioneer, innovator and legend', adding 'he will be forever missed'.

The Prodigy’s most recent album, No Tourists, was released in November last year, and the band was planning an extensive tour this year.

Following news of Flint’s death, all tour dates were later cancelled.

Yesterday, the band encouraged anyone struggling with depression 'not to suffer in silence'.

Last month, thousands of fans and well-wishers lined the streets of Braintree in Essex for his funeral.

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