Richard Swift has died, aged 41

The singer-songwriter also played with The Black Keys, The Arcs and The Shins

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Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Richard Swift has died, aged 41. He was hospitalised last month due to a “life-threatening condition”. A GoFundMe page was launched to raise money for his treatment but Swift sadly passed away this morning (July 3).

Swift rose to prominence in the mid-2000s with his albums The Novelist and Dressed Up For The Letdown. He toured with Wilco and Cold War Kids but began to spend more time producing other artists, including Laetitia Sadier, Damien Jurado and Nathaniel Rateliff, often at his own National Freedom studio in Oregon.

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In 2011 he joined The Shins for five years, as well as touring with The Black Keys and Dan Auerbach’s side project The Arcs. Auerbach led the tributes to Swift, writing on Instagram that “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know… I will miss you my friend.”

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