Friday, 16 November, 2018

The Black Keys member Richard Swift dies aged 41

Toronto Ontario Canada- Keyboardist RICHARD SWIFT for American indie rock band 'The Shins' perfoms at Sound Academy in Toronto Singer Richard Swift toured with the Black Keys in 2014
Rosie Leonard | 04 July, 2018, 02:14

"Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know".

Auerbach expressed his sadness at the news of Swift's death on Twitter, writing, "I will miss you, my friend".

A representative confirmed news of Swift's death to Pitchfork on Tuesday, while a post on his Facebook page read: "And all the angels sing "Que Sera Sera".

Swift rose to prominence in the mid-2000s with his albums The Novelist and Dressed Up For The Letdown.

Swift was most known for being a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, and played with other bands like The Pretenders, The Barr Brothers, as well as Ray LaMontagne.

He also toured with the Black Keys in 2014 as the band's bassist and backup singer.

He also founded/owned a recording studio called National Freedom in Cottage Grove, Oregon and released several albums of cult-beloved solo recordings. He had been diagnosed with a "serious medical condition" according to a fundraising page set up following a recent stay in hospital.

A brilliant producer, Swift worked with a range of indie artists, including Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Foxygen, and many others.

Being uninsured meant 'the cost of the care he is getting is a lot. Friends had been raising money for his medical bills. Nevertheless, we send out our condolences to Swift's friends, family, fans, and former bandmates in this hard time.

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