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Fans line the streets at the funeral of Prodigy star Keith Flint

Music fans travelled from all over the world to attend the funeral of Prodigy star Keith Flint in the streets of Essex. Festival flags flew outside the church and music blared from loudspeakers.

The popular singer was found dead in his Essex home on March 4 at the age of 49.

A post on the band’s official Twitter page urged fans to line up along the procession route and “raise the rooftops for Keef” before a private service at St Mary’s Church in Bocking, Essex, on Friday.

Many of them gathered on a green area between the church and the village pub. Barriers and portable toilets had been set up to accommodate the large number of visitors.

Among them was 25-year-old Maria Lelicova, who had flown in from Prague for the service and was close to tears as she said: “This is the last opportunity for a connection, we have to say goodbye.”

“I’ve never had such a strong connection with other bands as I have with The Prodigy and that’s really something unique and a part of my life,” she said.

“I have three Prodigy tattoos and I have loved Keith Flint since I was a child because when I was a very small child I was afraid of him.

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Keith Flint was 49 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

“I always wanted to come here and visit him in his pub and things like that, and you feel like you have plenty of time to do that, but now I’m here at the funeral.

“It’s kind of sad.”

Araks Azarian, 36, whose flight arrived from Australia on the morning of the funeral, said she made the trip because “I’ve been doing this for years to see the boys and this will be my last chance.”

She returns to Sydney on Sunday evening to resume work.

Dennis Kuhne, 40, who flew in from Germany, said he wanted to “say goodbye to Keith.”

“I have listened to them for over 20 years,” he said.

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Fans filled the streets (Joe Giddens/PA)

“I think my first concert was in 1995 as part of the Jilted Generation tour.

“Since then, I have followed the guys on almost every tour, every festival and everywhere they perform in Germany.

“It is a pleasure to be here.”

Carpenter Lewis Knowles, 31, travelled from Calne in Wiltshire and said he recognised many faces from the front row of shows around the world.

“They were a big part of my childhood. I listened to The Prodigy, enjoyed it, travelled all over Europe and the world to see them, so it felt right to come here and just try to enjoy the day and meet the people you meet at the concerts,” he said.

Essex Police warned of delays in the area as they expect a “large number of well-wishers” in the procession from Braintree to the church.

A woman cycles past a mural of Keith Flint in PeterboroughA woman cycles past a mural of Keith Flint in Peterborough

A woman cycles past a mural of Keith Flint in Peterborough (Joe Giddens/PA)

An inquest earlier this month revealed that Flint died by hanging.

His bandmate Liam Howlett said in an earlier Instagram post that Flint had “taken his own life.”

The singer rose to fame in the 1990s in the Brit Award-winning electronic band and was known for hits such as “Firestarter” and “Breathe.”

In November they released their latest album “No Tourists”, their seventh number one hit in a row.

In a statement from Howlett and his bandmate Maxim, he was described as a “true pioneer, innovator and legend”.

They said Flint was their “brother and best friend” and “we will miss him forever.”

He took part in the 5k parkrun at Chelmsford Central on March 2nd and achieved his personal best time of 21.22.

Following his death, The Prodigy cancelled all shows “effective immediately”.