Producer and musician Richard Swift dead at 41

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Producer, musician and singer/songwriter Richard Swift has died at the age of 41.

The news was confirmed on his Facebook page, with a post that reads simply “And all the angels sing, ‘Que Sera Sera.’ Richard Ochoa Swift. March 16, 1977 - July 3 2018.”

He died in Tacoma, Washington, with an official cause of death yet to be made public.

Swift toured with The Black Keys and played with The Shins and The Arcs. He also produced material for artists including Guster, Sharon Van Etten, The Mynabirds and Foxygen. During his career he released a number of solo EPs and albums – with his last full length The Atlantic Ocean arriving in 2009.

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach lead the tributes to his friend on Instagram.

Along with a picture of himself and Swift, he posted: “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know. He’s now with his mom and sister. I will miss you my friend.”

Death Cab For Cutie’s Dave Depper said that Swift was “the most talented person I’ve ever met,” adding: “He was the archetypal court jester with a maniacal glint in his eye that just said, ‘I’m not sure where we’re going, but just trust me.’”

Other artists to pay tribute to Swift via social media, include Kings Of Leon’s Nathan Followill and American musician Kevin Morby.

Last month, a Go Fund Me campaign for Swift was launched after he was admitted to hospital due to a “serious medical condition”.

There’s a lot I wanna say about Swift. About how I was a huge fan and then I met him at a jazz club in LA and so began our relationship of trading memes and how I was so grateful he made time to help me finish City Music and how recording with him was one of the craziest weeks of my life and how I got to see his spontaneous raw talent first hand and how he made me laugh and how he had demons and how addiction is a killer and if you or someone you know is suffering you should please seek help because you, like Richard and so many others, are - I’m more than sure - loved by so many and there’s a life out there for you and about how he’d call me often just to chat and congratulate me and tell me jokes and what horror movies to watch and how the last time we spoke he told me he wasn’t doing good “but will be soon”. I wanna talk about all that, but instead I made a list of some of my favorite things that he’s touched. Do yourself a favor and listen to them loud. Also pictured is a collage he made of me eating my own head like a hot dog right after I met him. Swift was a once in a lifetime producer, musician and personality and I am going to miss him. Will forever remember and cherish the moments I had alone with him especially while we recorded “Dry Your Eyes”- the only song on City Music that is just the two of us. It felt like I had won the lottery - being able to work with one of my heroes one on one like that. Back in the control room while we were mixing the song he panned the vocals hard right, saying “let’s do something that in twenty years we’ll look back on and say ‘why’d we do that?’”. Rest In Peace Swift and my love to his family during this time. I will truly miss the man. Knowing him was a literal wish come true. And again, if you or someone you know are suffering from addiction, please talk about it. Don’t be afraid of the subject and to reach out. There are many who will listen & a beautiful life on the other side, I promise. . 1-800-662-HELP SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorde Kevin Morby

A photo posted by @kevinmorby on Jul 3, 2018 at 8:39am PDT

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