While it’s clear epochal electronic icon, Keith Flint died by hanging in his home this past March, Essex coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray has this week reported that his death can not be adequately ruled a suicide.
Coroner’s officer speaking on Beasley-Murray’s behalf, Linda Calder held an inquest hearing Wednesday to present Beasley-Murray’s reasoning that Flint’s death could’ve been an accident or some sort of “larking around” gone terribly wrong.
“I’ve considered suicide,” read Calder from the report. “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.”
However, Beasley-Murray maintained in her findings that the evidence also prevents her from decisively ruling Flint’s death accidental in nature, though his toxicology report yielded levels of cocaine, alcohol, and codeine.
“We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date,” Beasley-Murray offered as an open-ended conclusion.
Keith Flint, 49, was found dead by a friend in his Essex home Mar 4 of this year. The initial coroner’s report suggested no cause for suspicion or foul play. Regardless of the inconclusive nature of the most recent coroner’s report, both Flint’s indelible footprint on the music industry at large and the poignancy of his passing are clear as ever.
Suicide crisis information: The number for the US’s National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, and the UK’s Samaritans Helpline can be reached at 116 123. A list of worldwide prevention lines can be found here.