Richard Swift, the Shins and Black Keys Performer, Dead at 41

04 July, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Toronto Ontario Canada- Keyboardist RICHARD SWIFT for American indie rock band 'The Shins' perfoms at Sound Academy in Toronto

Swift's cause of death is unknown, but last month he had been hospitalised due to a "life-threatening condition".

According to Pitchfork, Swift died in Tacoma, Washington during the early morning hours on July, 3.

"To the ether that now carries you, Richard: I've never met anyone like you and you changed the way i think about music forever and ever", Ryan Miller of Guster said, reflecting on Swift's passing. Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde promoted his fundraising campaign, saying: "I love Swift, he is a dear friend". He also formed The Arcs with The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. He released his last solo album The Atlantic Ocean in 2009.

Swift would eventually join the The Black Keys as their touring bassist and backing singer.

However, it was 2007's Dressed Up for the Letdown that really turned the right heads, particularly Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who invited Swift to not only tour with the band but record at their own Chicago studio, The Loft.

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At that time, a GoFundMe was created to help Swift with medical expenses. He also worked as a producer for Damien Jurado and Rateliff & the Nightsweats.

"He is uninsured and the cost of the care he is getting is a lot".

We leave you with some classic Swift...

Death Cab For Cutie guitarist/keyboard player Dave Depper had the highest praise for Swift, comparing him to greats like Paul McCartney and Harry Nilsson.

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