Richard Swift, former keyboardist for Starflyer 59, died today in Tacoma, Washington. The news was confirmed in a post on his official Facebook page, saying simply, "And all the angels sing / 'Que Sera Sera' / Richard Ochoa Swift / March 16, 1977 - July 3, 2018."
Earlier in the summer, Swift was hospitalized due to a "serious medical condition," according to another post on social media, asking for fan support.
Swift, age 41, was best known as a member of independent rockers The Black Keys and The Arcs, but had influence on the Christian indie rock community as well.
In addition to being the keyboardist for Starflyer 59, a Christian alternative rock band on their 2003 album, Old, Swift also played guitars for Kevin Max on his second solo project, The Imposter.
Max, who recently released AWOL, shared his condolences in a facebook group called "Fiefdom of Kevin Max" today, saying "Richard Swift was more than a friend & musician peer to me. He was a legend in pushing the envelope of creativity. My heart is heavy for his family. Please pray for them."
Please join NRT in offering prayers and condolences for the loved ones Richard Swift leaves behind as we honor his legacy.