Jeremiah Green, founding member and drummer of Modest Mouse, dies aged 45

Jeremiah Green, one of the founding members of Modest Mouse and the band’s drummer, died Saturday of cancer, the band confirmed on social media. He was 45.

Modest Mouse posted a touching tribute to their partner on Instagram, writing: “Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah. He laid down to rest and just faded away.”

“Please appreciate all the love you give, receive, have given and will receive. Above all, Jeremiah was about love,” the band wrote.

Just four days ago, the band revealed Green’s cancer diagnosis on their official platforms, writing that his cancer treatment appeared to be “progressing smoothly and making a positive difference.” His mother, Carol Namatame, also asked his fans at Christmas to send “healing vibes” to her “strong” and “brave” son, whose cancer was stage IV, she said.

Green was a founding member of the indie rock band Modest Mouse, along with frontman Isaac Brock and bassist Eric Judy. The trio came together in early 1992 in Issaquah, Washington, releasing their debut album in 1996 on Seattle-based independent label Up Records.

They released their third album, The Moon & Antarctica on Epic Records, a Sony Music Entertainment label, in 2000, but did not find mainstream success until 2004’s Good News For People Who Like Bad News. The album’s lead single and arguably the band’s biggest hit , “Float On”, topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song in 2005.

Green briefly left the band during this period, returning before the end of 2004, making Good News the only album on which he did not play, according to Rolling Stone.

The band’s most recent album, their seventh studio effort, was released in June 2021. In November, they announced an upcoming 25th anniversary tour of their second album, The Lonesome Crowded West. At the time, Green was on hiatus while undergoing chemotherapy, according to Rolling Stone.

Johnny Marr, formerly of Modest Mouse, posted a tribute to Twitterwriting, “The great Jeremiah Green. My friend, teammate and the most creative musician I’ve ever met,” alongside an old photo of Green.

Green is survived by his wife, Lauren Green, and their son, Wilder.

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