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The Prodigy’s Keith Flint Had Drugs in His System at Time of Death

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The BBC is reporting that Prodigy singer Keith Flint, who died by hanging in March, had drugs in his system at the time of his death.

Senior Coroner for Essex Caroline Beasley-Murray has revealed that Flint had cocaine, alcohol and codeine in his system when he died. At an inquest hearing, Beasley-Murray recorded an “open conclusion” on the cause of his death, claiming there was not enough evidence to say he had taken his own life:

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

It should be noted that the coroner’s findings do not definitively say Flint did not take his own life, they just say that, at this time, there is not sufficient evidence to prove he did. Beasley-Murray also said there was insufficient evidence to prove it was an accident, in case Keith was “larking around and it all went horribly wrong.” In other words, there isn’t currently enough evidence to prove what happened one way or the other.

An inquest in the United Kingdom is an official court hearing “to find out who the deceased person was and how, when and where they died and to provide the details needed for their death to be registered.” A full hearing on the cause of Flint’s death will be held on July 23rd.

Meanwhile, The Prodigy shared a message on their social networks yesterday urging those struggling with depression, addiction and suicidal thoughts to seek help:

“It has been a tough time for everyone over the last few weeks since Keef’s passing.
If you are struggling with depression, addiction or the impact of suicide, please do not suffer in silence.
The Prodigy fully support the campaign to improve mental health for all and give it the respect it deserves.
For professional advice in the UK please visit
www.mind.org.uk, www.thecalmzone.netwww.samaritans.org
For local services around the world, please seek help here:
http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

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