The Black Keys member Richard Swift dies at 41

Danny Woods
July 4, 2018

The cause of death has not been announced; in June a GoFundMe effort was launched for him to help cover medical bills for an unspecified "life-threatening condition". He's now with his "Mom and Sister", the frontman remarked. Pitchfork reports that he passed away this morning in a Tacoma, Washington hospital.

Richard Swift has died. Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde promoted his fundraising campaign, saying: "I love Swift, he is a dear friend".

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".

Swift toured in 2014 as bassist for The Black Keys, one of Barack Obama's favorite music groups.

Outside of his solo career, Swift played in a number of bands, including The Shins, The Black Keys, and The Arcs.

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Dave Depper from Death Cab for Cutie also tweeted, calling Swift "the most talented person I've ever met".

Richard Swift released solo albums, including "The Novelist" on the Indiana-based Secretly Canadian label.

Swift also worked as a producer or mixer for Sharon Van Etten, Foxygen, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Damien Jurado, with whom he made a collaborative album covering songs by acts such as Kraftwerk and Chubby Checker.

Swift grew up splitting his time between Minnesota and Utah, playing music in churches. If you can afford to share the weight of this burden, it would be most deeply appreciated.

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