The Black Keys Member’s Brutal Cause Of Death Revealed


The Black Keys touring bassist Richard Swift’s family has released the following statement about his death. Swift died a week ago. I can relate to this on a personal level. If you need help, please go to a local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (

An update:

We are grateful to the many fans, friends, artists and collaborators who have shared their thoughts, love and support this week. It has been a bracing force for many of us.

A number of questions have come up surrounding Swift’s life, his work and his death, and we’d like to answer some of them candidly, here:

Yes, Richard Swift suffered from alcohol addiction, and it’s ultimately what took his life. With the support of family and friends and the assistance of MusiCares, Richard had checked himself into rehab for multiple stays over the past two years, but his body gave out before he could overcome the disease. He was diagnosed with hepatitis and liver and kidney distress in June. Multiple hospitals worked to help stabilize him over the course of that month, but his body was unable to heal and, per his wishes and with his family’s consent, he was moved to hospice care. Richard passed in the early morning of July 3, 2018 in a hospice facility in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife Shealynn and their three children Madison, Adrian & Kennedy.

Yes, Richard was working on new music, originally planned for release in November of this year. We do not have a timeline for its completion yet, but we hope to share it with you sooner than that.

With love,

The Swift family, Secretly Canadian & Next Wave Management.

  • makingconnections

    Peace be with you Richard Swift.
    The family’s message to fans is so clear and helpful to those struggling with addiction and at the same time respectful and loving to Richard. Thank you for your example of grace.

  • makingconnections

    …and yes, your title on this article is entirely appropriate Brett. Alcohol brutalizes the human body and causes such suffering emotionally for the alcoholic and their loved ones. I believe there’s more courage and care for each other in the AA movement than in almost any other organization.

  • Kitty Meow

    I feel for his family, My bf died from liver failure from Hepatitis a few yrs ago. Its not a good way to go, he was in alot of pain. He finally started meds to cure it but he was too late. I had hepatitis too but i got treated Thank God my liver is ok and I’m cured. I want to urge those of you who are procrastinating to get on it as soon as you can, you can get it free if necessary and the new meds have Zero side effects.

    • Olga Stewart

      I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your boyfriend.

      My thoughts are with you.

      But also, I am glad that you are all right.

  • Bruno Sílvio Martins

    Fuck… this is just sad…

  • Olga Stewart

    I am so very sorry.

    And my thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.