Richard Swift dead at 41

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

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.”

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