The Shins & The Black Keys Musician Richard Smith Passes Away At 41

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Producer and musician Richard Swift of The Shins and The Black Keys has died at age 41. He was perhaps best known for being a member of the indie rock band The Shins.

Dan Auerbach, Swift’s former bandmate, confirmed the news on Instagram.

Swift, who was the bassist for the Black Keys in 2014 and also played drums in the Arcs, was previously hospitalized due to a “serious medical condition.”

Prior to his death, a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his medical bills.

At this time, Swift’s exact cause of death is not known. He was born on March 16, 1977.

via Pitchfork:

Swift was born in California. He grew up living in Minnesota, Utah, and Oregon before eventually moving back to Southern California to pursue music. While working at a studio called the Green Room in Huntington Beach, Swift made his first records—Walking Without Effort and The Novelist—during his off hours in the early 2000s. (A self-taught musician and producer, he played most instruments and engineered the entire project).

He signed to Secretly Canadian and re-released the projects as The Richard Swift Collection Vol. 1 in 2005. Swift’s last solo full-length under his own name was 2009’s The Atlantic Ocean. In 2016, he released a collaborative covers album with Damien Jurado.

As a producer,  Swift worked with musical acts such as The Shins, Damien Jurado, David Bazan, Foxygen, Jessie Baylin, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Mynabirds, Wake Owl, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab, Gardens & Villa, Cayucas, and Guster.

At the time of this writing, Swift’s GoFundMe has raised over $87,000 that was reportedly meant to go directly into Swift’s bank account.

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