Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Musician and producer Richard Swift dies, aged 41

Musician and producer Richard Swift dies, aged 41

Auerbach led the tributes to Swift, writing on Instagram that "Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know..."

Dave Depper from Death Cab for Cutie also tweeted, calling Swift "the most talented person I've ever met". He's now with his "Mom and Sister", the frontman remarked.

According to Pitchfork, Swift died in Tacoma, Washington during the early morning hours on July, 3. He released his last solo album The Atlantic Ocean in 2009.

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Richard Swift has died.

An esteemed producer, Swift founded the National Freedom recording studio in OR and collaborated with a number of musicians in recent years.

His family and friends set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe for his "serious medical condition".

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As a producer, he worked with Foxygen, Guster and Sharon Van Etten among others, and founded National Freedom, a recording studio in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

He was a mainstay on the national touring roster, supporting bands like The Black Keys, Wilco and The Shins onstage, while maintaining an OR presence at his Cottage Grove recording studio, National Freedom.

Being uninsured meant 'the cost of the care he is getting is a lot. "This campaign will not only help pay medical bills, your kind words and hope are very encouraging", the update concluded. "We are so grateful you have extended so much generosity and love to our beloved Swift", the update read.

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Death Cab For Cutie guitarist/keyboard player Dave Depper had the highest praise for Swift, comparing him to greats like Paul McCartney and Harry Nilsson.

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