Black Keys collaborator Richard Swift dead at 41

Tonya Becker
July 4, 2018

"Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know", Dan Auerbach, Swift's bandmate in The Black Keys and The Arcs, wrote in an Instagram post.

Auerbach expressed his sadness at the news of Swift's death on Twitter, writing, "I will miss you, my friend". A GoFundMe page was launched to raise money for his treatment but Swift sadly passed away this morning (July 3). As a producer, he has also worked with Foxygen, Guster, the Mynabirds, Sharon Van Etten and more.


Richard Swift has succumbed to his weeks-long illness and has died at the young age of 41.

From 2005 onwards, Swift released a series of albums and EPs that blended classic guitar-driven songwriting with offbeat production touches and his own soulful vocals.


The multi-instrumentalist was a member of the Shins from 2011 until 2016 and he was a touring musician with the Black Keys. In addition, to his contributions to the aforementioned bands, Swift was also a very accomplished and beloved solo musician. He had been diagnosed with a "serious medical condition" according to a fundraising page set up following a recent stay in hospital. "This campaign will not only help pay medical bills, your kind words and hope are very encouraging", the update concluded.

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


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

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