AceShowbiz - Keith Flint had taken a cocktail of drugs and booze before hanging himself, a coroner heard before recording an open verdict following an inquest into his death.
The Prodigy frontman was found dead at his home near Dunmow, Essex on 4 March. He was 49 years old. His bandmate Liam Howlett also later told fans in an Instagram post that his friend "took his own life."
An inquest in Chelmsford, Essex, heard on Wednesday, May 08 that codeine, cocaine and alcohol were found in his system. In light of the information, Essex Senior Coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray said that there was insufficient evidence to rule his death a suicide.
According to British newspaper The Sun, she said she could not be sure exactly what was on his mind before his death, adding that his tragic death might have been a case of "larking around and it all went horribly wrong."
The inquest heard he was found at his home by a friend "hanging from a beam."
Expanding on her verdict, Beasley-Murray said, "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. 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."
His family and band manager chose not to attend and no witnesses were called to give evidence in person. The Coroner found there were no suspicious circumstances nor any possibility of third party involvement in Flint's death. She also noted his popularity among fans and the local community, where he once owned a pub.
Thousands lined the streets of Essex to remember the "Firestarter" hitmaker during his funeral procession last month, while stars who paid tribute to him after his passing included Rita Ora, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis.