In shocking news, Richard Swift of The Shins, The Black Keys and The Arcs, died on Tuesday morning at the age of 41. The singer-songwriter had entered the hospital in June with "life-threatening" conditions and he finally passed away less than a month later.
Dan Auerbach, who performed in the Black Keys with Swift, wrote an Instagram post calling him "one of the most talented musicians I know" and then saying he will miss his friend. Swift was part of the touring band with the Black Keys as their bassist and backing singer.
Swift had a GoFundMe page set up to help cover the medical expenses at the time of his hospitalization in Tacoma, Washington. There is no word on what medical ailments led to his passing.
After starting out his career as a solo artist in 2001, he released a number of albums before catching the attention of Wilco and touring with the band. After a decade of work on his own, he joined The Shins in 2011 and played with the band until 2016. By 2014, he had also joined the Black Keys as their bassist.
Richard Swift also worked as a music producer over his musical career. His most recent production was for Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats self-titled debut album which included the platinum-certified single "S.O.B."