Musician and Producer Richard Swift Dead At 41

Rosalie Gross
July 4, 2018

In June, a GoFundMe campaign was started to help Swift with medical costs for an undisclosed life threatening medical condition. He's now with his Mom and Sister.

The Black Keys rocker Richard Swift has sadly passed away aged 41.

"Thank you so much for your support, friends!"

Following his passing, stars rushed to pay tribute to the legend, with The Black Keys star Dan Auerbach writing: "I will miss you my friend". In 2001, he moved to California and began self-releasing his home-recorded music - much of which was collected in The Richard Swift Collection, Vol. 1, a collection that Secretly Canadian released after Swift signed with the label in 2005.

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United States indie band The Weeks called the news of Swift's death "pure heartbreak".

Swift was a remarkably prolific and multi-talented musician, releasing multiple solo albums and EPs as well as being a member of The Shins from 2011 to 2016; the touring bassist for The Black Keys in 2014; and drummer for The Arcs. In addition, to his contributions to the aforementioned bands, Swift was also a very accomplished and beloved solo musician.

Sadly, it appears that Swift's condition took a turn for the worse, resulting in his untimely death.

Swift also worked as a producer or mixer for Sharon Van Etten, Foxygen, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Damien Jurado, with whom he made a collaborative album covering songs by acts such as Kraftwerk and Chubby Checker.

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