Thousands line Essex streets in tribute to Keith Flint ahead of funeral procession

A huge crowd of fans have gathered in Braintree, Essex for the funeral procession

Fans are lining the streets in Essex to pay tribute to the late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, who died earlier this month.

Last week, the group invited fans to join the procession route at Flint’s funeral, asking them to “raise the roof” in tribute to the frontman.

They wrote: “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!” You can see details of the route here:

Flint died earlier this month (March 4) at his Essex home, with an inquest later stating that he had taken his own life. He was 49.

“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” said surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality in a statement after he died. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”

In an Instagram post, Howlett added: “The news is true. I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend…I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”

A huge number of fans have now gathered on the streets of Essex to honour the frontman, with many playing dance music in Flint’s honour. A horse drawn hearse begun its journey down the 1.7 mile procession route at 3pm today.

A floral arrangement of the famous Prodigy ant logo could be seen at the back of the carriage and ‘Keef’, spelt out in bright orange flowers, appeared at the front.

You can see some images and footage of the procession below:

Some schools in the area have closed and Essex Police have asked drivers to avoid the area and find alternative routes wherever possible due to the large numbers of fans in attendance.

Essex Police have also asked for fans and members of the public to respect the privacy of Flint’s family and loved ones on this difficult day. Fans will be able to hear the service which is being relayed from St Mary’s Church, Bocking, to well-wishers outside.

The Order of Service for Keith Flint’s funeral

Meanwhile, mourners have started to arrive at St Mary’s Church where the Order of Service has also been shared. The processional music will be System of a Down’s ‘Aerials’ and The Specials ‘A Message To You, Rudy.’ Keith’s eulogy will be read by Paul Kaye.

Other songs planned for the service include Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’, Van Morrison’s ‘Days Like These’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’ by The Jam.

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