Johnny Rotten pleads with musicians to look after each other following Keith Flint's death

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John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten, attends a screening of “The Public Image is Rotten” at the Spring Studios during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)
John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten, attends a screening of “The Public Image is Rotten” at the Spring Studios during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 21, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten told press that he was on a mission to make sure musicians looked after one another after the death of friend Keith Flint.

Rotten, real name Lydon, spoke to TMZ outside the premiere of Epix docuseries Punk, saying that Flint’s death broke his heart.

“My heart is broken for him, he was a good friend of mine, and don’t get it wrong, but nobody loved him and he was left alone and he got destroyed. Why, why do so many people in this industry be left alone. Come to me I’m Johnny.”

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Rotten implored his contemporaries to talk to him if they were feeling alone or isolated, “Any other of you out there that need help, come talk to me, we do not need to die.”

Throughout Flint’s career and following his death this week, many observers noted the similarities between him and Rotten, deeming Flint the “Johnny Rotten of rave” or complimenting his “Johnny Rotten-like sneering vocals.”

Rotten has previously encouraged people to be kinder to one another; in a 2014 interview with Jon Snow, he said personal strife had led him to learn to express love for those close to him. “Really my message from my music is really learn to love each other properly, because you only get one go at it.”

Flint was found dead in his Essex home on Monday. The news was met with a huge outpouring of grief and support from fans and the figures from the music industry. Shortly after the news, his fellow band members took to Instagram to say that Flint had taken his own life.


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