The Black Keys’ Richard Swift dies aged 41
Musician, singer-songwriter and producer Richard Swift, who has been in bands such as The Shins, The Arcs and The Black Keys, has died at 41.
The famous multi-instrumentalist died on Tuesday morning (July 3rd) in Tacoma, Wash, after he was hospitalized earlier in June due to a serious medical condition.
His “life-threatening condition” prompted him to create a GoFundMe account for his medical bills. “Dear friends of Swift, Richard needs your love and support now as he is up against some tough odds,” an announcement on the account reads.
“He has been hospitalized due to a serious medical condition. He is receiving excellent care in Tacoma Washington and everything is being done to allow his body time to repair and heal. He is uninsured and the cost of the care he is getting is a lot,” it continues.
“If you can afford to share the weight of this burden, it would be most deeply appreciated. Anything helps. Mostly thank you for supporting our beloved Richard and his family,” it concludes.
The musician’s death was announced in an Instagram post from Swift’s former bandmate, guitarist Dan Auerbach. “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know,” he wrote alongside a photo of the two. “He’s now with his Mom and Sister. I will miss you my friend.”
Swift released his own albums as well but was a valued studio producer and musician for many rock bands. He is credited on albums by The Pretenders, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Ray LaMontagne.