Richard Swift Dead at 41

The singer-songwriter and producer performed with The Shins, The Black Keys and The Arcs, in addition to his work as a solo artist

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Richard Swift Dead at 41

Singer-songwriter and producer Richard Swift died in Tacoma, Wash., on Tuesday morning after being hospitalized last month because of a serious, undisclosed medical condition, per Pitchfork. He was 41 years old.

Swift toured and performed with The Shins for five years. In addition, he acted as touring bassist for The Black Keys and played drums for Dan Auerbach’s side project The Arcs. As a producer, Swift collaborated with Guster, The Mynabirds, Sharon Van Etten and Damien Jurado. He released his last solo album The Atlantic Ocean in 2009.

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

Artists including David Bazan, Okkervil River and more also paid tribute to the late musician.

On June 19, representatives announced that Swift had been hospitalized due to a “life-threatening condition.” His family established a GoFundMe page to support his medical expenses, with hopes of raising $100,000.

Watch a 2011 Swift performance from the Paste vault below.

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