Richard Swift, 41, a frequent collaborator with rock bands, The Shins and The Black Keys, died after his hospitalization due to a “serious medical condition.” A post on his Facebook page confirmed the sad news and featured a black-and-white picture of him with the caption, “And all the angels sing, ‘Que Sera Sera.'”
Swift was most known for being a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, and played with other bands like The Pretenders, The Barr Brothers, as well as Ray LaMontagne.
Richard played for The Shins from 2011 until 2016, and most recently, was featured on their latest effort, 2017’s “Heartworms.” He took the stage along with the Black Keys during their 2014 tour, where he played bass, and also drummed for The Arcs – a side project of the founder of the band, Dan Auerbach.
The founder of The Black Keys commemorated the late Swift on his Instagram, writing that the world lost a talented musician. He’s now with his “Mom and Sister,” the frontman remarked.
Swift, born in California and raised in Minnesota, Oregon, and Utah, frequently extended his talent to other groups in the indie-rock scene including Foxygen, Guster, Pure Bathing Culture, and Sharon Van Etten.
To many in the scene, he was one of the hardest working musicians around, as he released several solo albums, including “The Richard Swift Collection Volume 1,” as well as 2009’s “The Atlantic Ocean.”
His family and friends set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe for his “serious medical condition.” According to reports, they were able to raise $87,000 for his medical care. Just last week, they claimed he was making strides in his recovery, but unfortunately, he passed away anyway.
Relatives of Swift haven’t released his cause of death to the public yet. Nevertheless, we send out our condolences to Swift’s friends, family, fans, and former bandmates in this difficult time.