RICHARD SWIFT – Talented Musician Passes Away at 41 Years Old

Posted: July 10, 2018 in MUSIC
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Richard Swift

Richard Swift, a former member of indie rock greats, The Shins and The Black Keys has passed away at age 41.  Swift had been suffering from an undisclosed “life-threatening condition”, in which a GoFundMe page was launched last month to help cover his medical bills.

Swift was an essential figure in the indie rock scene, releasing music as a solo artist as well as contributing as an instrumentalist and producer to a slew of other bands. Swift played with The Shins from 2011 to 2016 and was the touring bassist of the Black Keys in 2017.  Dan Auerbach confirmed. Swift, a multi-instrumentalist, had been a member of side project the Arcs, and also a studio owner, producer and film-maker.

“Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know,” Auerbach said via Instagram, alongside a picture of the pair together. “He’s now with his Mom and Sister. I will miss you my friend.” A post on Swift’s official Facebook page confirmed his passing, adding, “And all the angels sing ’Que Sera Sera.’”

He played drums in the Arcs and keyboards for Starflyer 59. Swift also lent his production talents to bands Foxygen, Guster, the Mynabirds, Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Pure Bathing Culture and founded the National Freedom recording studio.
A sad day in the world of music: the sudden passing of Richard Swift. Great producer, instrumental to so many strong artists, but also a wonderful songwriter himself. Hear his double opus “The Novelist / Walking without effort”. He will be missed and heard for times to come.

A post on Swift’s Facebook page reads, “And all the angels sing, “Que Sera Sera”, with tributes from his peers pouring out over social media. The Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach took to Twitter to say, “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know. He’s now with his Mom and Sister. I will miss you my friend.”

Talented musician and producer Richard Swift lost a battle with an undisclosed serious illness on July 3rd, and today the nature of that illness was revealed via this letter:

An update:We are grateful to the many fans, friends, artists and collaborators who have shared their thoughts, love and support this week. It has been a bracing force for many of us.

A number of questions have come up surrounding Swift’s life, his work and his death, and we’d like to answer some of them candidly, here:

Yes, Richard Swift suffered from alcohol addiction, and it’s ultimately what took his life. With the support of family and friends and the assistance of MusiCares, Richard had checked himself into rehab for multiple stays over the past two years, but his body gave out before he could overcome the disease. He was diagnosed with hepatitis and liver and kidney distress in June. Multiple hospitals worked to help stabilize him over the course of that month, but his body was unable to heal and, per his wishes and with his family’s consent, he was moved to hospice care. Richard passed in the early morning of July 3rd, 2018 in a hospice facility in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife Shealynn and their three children Madison, Adrian & Kennedy.

Yes, Richard was working on new music, originally planned for release in November of this year. We do not have a timeline for its completion yet, but we hope to share it with you sooner than that.

With love,

The Swift family, Secretly Canadian & Next Wave Management.

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