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Coroner Can't Definitively Rule Prodigy Star's Death a Suicide

She says 'we will never quite know what was going on' in Keith Flint's mind
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2019 9:25 AM CDT
In this file photo from Aug. 3, 2009, British musician Keith Flint of Prodigy talks to the media in London.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, FILE)

(Newser) – Before he died in March in the UK, Keith Flint had alcohol, codeine, and cocaine in his system. The BBC reports that's the official finding from an Essex coroner on the Prodigy frontman, who was 49 when he died at his home in North End. Caroline Beasley-Murray revealed the drug info in her official recording of Flint's death, which she noted she couldn't definitely rule a suicide, though her report did confirm he'd died by hanging. "We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date," she said.

"I've considered suicide," she added. "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." Per Rolling Stone, however, Beasley-Murray did reiterate what cops had said: that Flint's death wasn't considered suspicious, and that it doesn't appear anyone else was involved. He could have been "larking around and it all went horribly wrong," but Beasley-Murray said she couldn't find enough evidence for that either. (Another singer died right around the same time as Flint.)

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