Richard Swift, a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter who released a string of solo albums and played with The Shins, The Black Keys and The Arcs, has died at age 41.
The death was announced in an Instagram post Tuesday (July 3) from Swift's former bandmate, Keys singer/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.”
According to Pitchfork, Swift, who was born on March 16, 1977, died on Tuesday morning in Tacoma, Washington, with a Facebook post on his official page reading “And all the angels sing 'Que Sera Sera.'”
Back on June 19, a post on the FB page asked friends of the musician who produced music for Damien Jurado, Foxygen, Nathaniel Rateliff, Cayucas, Guster and others to send their love and support to Swift, who was then reported to be “up against some tough odds. 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. If you can afford to share the weight of this burden, it would be most deeply appreciated.”
A GoFundMe page was set up to pay for Swift's medical costs. The post did not specify the nature of Swift's medical condition and at press time there was no known cause of death.
Swift released a series of lo-fi solo albums under his own name and as Instruments of Science & Technology beginning in 2005 and toured with The Shins from 2011-2016 and performed as the touring bassist for The Black Keys in 2014, as well as playing drums for the Keys side project The Arcs.
Among the others paying tribute to Swift were The Grahams, The Fray, Pedro The Lion's David Bazan, Okkervil River and Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill.
Check out the video for Swift's 2012 song “Beautifulheart.”