Former member of popular band dead at 41

Cheryl Kahla
Jul 04, 2018
08:32 A.M.
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Richard Swift, most famously known as a former band member of The Black Keys, The Arcs, and The Shins, passed yesterday at the age of 41.


His family took to Facebook yesterday and announced his passing: 'And all the angels sing, "Que Sera Sera." Richard Ochoa Swift, March 16, 1977 - July 3, 2018.'

CBS News reached out the administration team behind his Facebook page, and no further details have been released at this stage. To learn more, follow our Twitter page, at AmoMama USA.

According to the news outlet, Swift suffered a 'serious medical condition' in June of last year and needed assistance through a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for his medical expenses.


The musician needed approximately $100,000, but the goal has since been increased to $200,000 to include his memorial and funeral arrangements.

The campaign had been receiving a lot of online traffic since Swift's death yesterday. More than 1,200 contributors have raised than $90,000 in less than two weeks.

According to BBC News, Swift moved to California where he plied his trade as a self-taught musician and producer.


Swift began his solo recording career seventeen years ago and produced his albums Walking Without Effort and The Novelist with the help of Frank Lentz.

Three years later he signed to the label Secretly Canadian through which he released the albums Collection and Dressed Up For The Letdown.

As a producer, Swift worked with several singer-songwriters, including Damien Jurado, The Mynabirds, Laetitia Sadier, Ray LaMontagne and Sharon van Etten, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He joined The Shins in 2011 on the keyboard, piano and backing vocals, but left five years later, and toured as a bass guitarist and on vocals with the Black Keys from 2014 until 2015.

Swift lived with his family in Oregon and is survived by his wife Shaelynn and their three children, Madison, Adrian, and Kennedy, as well as his father Enrique and his five brothers.

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