Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and solo artist Richard Swift passed away today at the too young age of 41 in Tacoma Washington. This heartbreaking news comes from Swift’s Facebook page which reads:
And all the angels sing
"Que Sera Sera"
Richard Ochoa Swift
March 16, 1977 - July 3, 2018
You may not be familiar with his solo work but I highly recommend you make yourself familiar with it. He released 6 albums and 1 EP from 2005-2013 with his standout track from 2009’s The Atlantic Ocean, Lady Luck. As well as his solo work, he produced a lot of albums indie-rock fans will be familiar with. Foxygen’s 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, Born Ruffians’ self-titled, Tennis’ Ritual In Repeat, Valerie June’s The Order of Time, The Shins’ Heartworms, and so much more. In addition, Swift was a member of The Shins from 2011-2016, as well as the touring bassist for The Black Keys in 2014 and played drums for The Acrs.
This news comes just a month after reports Swift was hospitalized due to a “life-threatening condition” and a go-fund me was set up in hopes to cover medical costs.
Rest In Peace Richard Swift, you will truly be missed.