Jeremiah Green dead: Modest Mouse drummer, 45, had cancer

Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green has died less than a week after his mother announced he had been diagnosed with stage four cancer. He was 45.

The rock band confirmed the death of their drummer on Saturday in a loving statement shared on social media.

Green’s mother, Carol Namatame, said on Facebook that the musician “lost his brave battle with cancer on December 31.”

“I don’t know how to take this any lighter,” Modest Mouse said in a statement. “Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah. He lay down and just disappeared. I’d like to say a few nice words right now, but it’s just not the time. These come later and from many people. Please appreciate all the love you give, receive, have given and will receive. Jeremiah was all about love. We love you.”

Namatame wrote on Facebook, “Jeremiah, drummer and founding member of Issaquah-based band Modest Mouse … passed peacefully to his sleep.”

“Jeremiah was a light to so many,” she continued in her statement. “At this time, the family is asking for privacy. More information will be released shortly, including a celebration of life for friends and fans in the coming months. Jeremiah’s loved ones would like to thank everyone for their continued good wishes and support.”

Namatame revealed her son’s illness on December 25, and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock later clarified that his bandmate was “recently” diagnosed with cancer.

Green was only in treatment on Tuesday. Noted rock radio DJ Marco Collins previously shared that Green had pulled out of Modest Mouse’s concert tour to undergo chemotherapy, adding that his oncologist was “a huge fan” of the band.

In 1992, Green formed Modest Mouse with Brock and bassist Eric Judy in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. The group heavily influenced the independent rock genre while navigating the music industry in the Pacific Northwest, eventually building a wider fan base among alternative rock fans in the early 2000s after signing with Sony Music Entertainment’s Epic Records had.

On December 20th, Modest Mouse completed his concert tour of the United States and Canada to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his seminal album The Lonesome Crowded West. The near-sold-out tour included a December 1 show with Green at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Green was barely a teenager when he joined the newly formed Modest Mouse, which later relocated from Seattle to Portland. Its name goes back to a passage by Virginia Woolf, who once described the common man as “modest, mouse-colored people”.

Influenced by Talking Heads and XTC, among others, Modest Mouse debuted the 1996 album This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About and amassed a sizeable critical fan base before launching their fourth release Good News for People Who Love Bad News” and the singles “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty”.

Green had a breakdown around the time of Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which was released in 2004, and briefly left the band. He’s been back for more recent albums, including Strangers to Ourselves and The Golden Casket, which were released in 2021.

Times contributor Jonah Valdez and Associated Press contributed to this report. Jeremiah Green dead: Modest Mouse drummer, 45, had cancer

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