Keith Flint Is Another Music Artist We Lost To Suicide
Written By: Sid Jones
Keith Flint, The Prodigy frontman is no longer with us. And his cause of the death appears to be, suicide. But I argue this: What is the leading cause of suicide? Depression. Now, I know what some of you are thinking, “Isn’t that like saying the leading cause of divorce is marriage?” Well, not exactly.
Now, I’m not judging Keith Flint by any means. And I want perfectly clear, I’m not saying that the life of a celebrity is more important than you. In fact, I am currently without my best friend, due to suicide. And while he was depressed, it was the aftermath of abusing drugs. Which, brings me to this question: How many people do you and I lose to suicide?
The Lives We Lose Each Year
Well, 30,088 people die each year, from suicide. But now the question becomes, how do we prevent it? And to be completely honest with you, I don’t think there is a definite cure. I mean, look at one of the side effects of anti-depressants. Which is, suicidal thoughts. And I’m not trying to be funny. Suicide and depression are not something I joke about.
Instead, I look at how complex the human mind is. And the circumstances surrounding the suicide. Chester Bennington, Mac Miller, Robin Williams, and even historic figures. Each individual battled their own demons. And now, we lost Keith Flint.
But again, this isn’t just about celebrities, it’s about us. Your friends, your family, and the world we live in. Am I a fan of electronica? To be honest, no. Does this mean I don’t care about Keith Flint? Well, I never knew about him until his passing. It’s a friend of mine that posted it on Facebook that brought it to my attention. And I care about my friend, dearly. That’s why I’m writing about Prodigy’s frontman. Because when I hear about a death through someone, I always show compassion. And it doesn’t matter if I knew the friend, family member, or celebrity.
In fact, I would argue that the death of a celebrity, can be the same as losing a friend. We will never get new music from Keith Flint. Nor will we get a Robin Williams Stand-Up performance. And the heart breaking part is realizing, it was a conscious decision.
Music And Suicide
Keith Flint will forever be an icon in music. And that statement is true for a lot of artists. So, today will be hard on his fans. And this is my way of saying, I’m sorry for your loss. When Mac Miller passed away, I messaged people and shared my condolences.
Now, I don’t have the answers or the cures to depression and suicide. I’m not even sure I suffer from depression. But, when I’m upset, I turn to coping skills. Mainly, music and writing. Because those two things go together for me. More often than not, I listen to music while I write. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m listening to Keith Flint for the first time ever.
And I’ll have to admit, I regret not discovering this music sooner. Music has a magic to it. Whether it makes people happy, or feeds into their dark thoughts of suicide. The infamous Hungarian, Gloomy Sunday is a prime example. However, I have my own songs I listen to when I’m upset. And I have my own coping skills. Perhaps, maybe that’s all it takes for some.
Now, I said this in the Mac Miller article I wrote. And I’m saying it in this one. If you’re depressed, and you need someone to talk to, message me on Facebook @therealsidjones.
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