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Appeal: Help save former The Shins member Richard Swift’s life


The family of Richard Swift, a former member of American indie rock band The Shins, have put out an urgent appeal to raise money for urgent medical bills. 

Swift, who is currently a member of Dan Auerbach’s band The Arcs, played with The Shins between 2011 and 2016 and is desperately battling a serious illness in hospital.

The musician’s Facebook page have asked fans to help the GoFundMe campaign to reach its $100,000 target to pay for urgent medical help.

“Dear friends of Swift,” the statement begins. “Richard needs your love and support now as he is up against some tough odds.

“He has been hospitalised due to a serious medical condition. He is receiving excellent care in Tacoma Washington and everything is being done to allow his body time to repair and heal.

“He is uninsured and the cost of the care he is getting is a lot. If you can afford to share the weight of this burden, it would be most deeply appreciated. Anything helps.

“Mostly thank you for supporting our beloved Richard and his family.”