Keith Flint inquest – Full hearing opens ‘after coroner returned an open verdict’

The inquest into the death of Prodigy frontman Keith Flint continues today after an open verdict was recorded before it was adjourned.

The 49-year-old musician was found dead at his home in the Essex hamlet of North End by a friend on March 4.

A post-mortem carried out by a pathologist at Broomfield Hospital found the cause of death to be hanging.

The inquest on May 8 at Chelmsford Coroners Court heard that toxicology reports found Keith had cocaine, alcohol and codeine in his system.

Keith Flint performing at Glastonbury Festival
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Senior Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said although she had considered a verdict of suicide, she felt there was not enough evidence to say Keith wanted to take his own life.

“Was he larking around and it all went horribly wrong?” she asked.

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“We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date and so that’s why I’m going to record an open conclusion.”

Paramedics were called when Keith’s body was found, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the court heard.

Fans of Keith Flint mourned late singer’s funeral at St Mary’s Church in Bocking, Essex
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Police also registered that there were no suspicious circumstances and no third party involvement, after attending Keith’s home.

Mrs Beasley Murray said in conclusion: “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.

Keith Flint performing with The Prodigy in 2009
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“Having regard to all the circumstances I don’t find that there’s enough evidence for that.”

She also said that there was insufficient evidence to conclude his death was an accident, in which he may have been “larking around and it all went horribly wrong”.

She continued: “I’m going to conclude an open conclusion.”

The inquest was adjourned until July 23 for a full hearing.

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