Richard Swift dead at 41

    He was a multi-talented musician who worked with The Black Keys, The Shins and many others.

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    Richard Swift, best known for his work with The Black Keys and The Shins, has passed away. He was 41.

    The late singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was pronounced dead in Tacoma, Washington, a representative confirmed with Pitchfork.

    While the cause of his death has not been announced, earlier reports claimed that Swift had been suffering from a serious medical condition.

    A talented musician and performer, Swift released numerous solo albums in addition to touring with The Black Keys in 2014 and being a member of The Shins from 2011 to 2016. He was also a drummer for garage rock outfit The Arcs. Apart from music, Swift also dabbled in filmmaking.

    The Black Keys posted on Instagram in memory of their former member: “He was the funniest person we ever met, one of the most talented musicians we have ever worked with and we feel so honored to have known him. RIP Richard.”