Modest Mouse loses drummer Jeremiah Green to cancer

Fans of the rock band Modest Mouse were left saddened this past weekend after learning that drummer Jeremiah Green had passed away. 

According to the Daily Caller, Green’s death was announced in a statement posted to Instagram on Sunday by friend and Seattle radio DJ Marco Collins.

Drummer “went peacefully in his sleep”

“It is with a very heavy heart that the Green and Namatame families announce the passing of their husband, father, son, and brother, Jeremiah Green,” the statement read.

“Jeremiah, drummer and founding member of the Issaquah based band Modest Mouse, lost his courageous battle with cancer on December 31. He went peacefully in his sleep,” it continued.

The statement went on to call Green “a light to so many” while adding that “[a]t this time the family is requesting privacy.”

“More information will be forthcoming 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 well wishes and support,” it concluded.

“Devastated”

For his part, Collins said he was left “devastated” by Green’s death, saying, “We all thought the prognosis was good, including his oncologist.”

The Daily Caller noted that Green’s cancer diagnosis was only made public last week after his mother, Carol Namatame, revealed the news in a Facebook post.

“Please send healing vibes for my son, Jeremiah Green, who is battling stage 4 cancer. He’s is [sic] so strong and so brave and hanging in there!” Namatame wrote.

Green remembered fondly

Collins followed up that revelation with a Facebook message of his own which read, “Just found out my friend Jeremiah Green (Modest Mouse) has pulled off the band’s tour because he is currently undergoing chemo treatments to battle Stage 4 Cancer. ”

“Despite having a stage 4 diagnosis, his prognosis is good,” the musician stated. “Also his oncologist is a big MM fan (so he’s got that in his corner!) Sending him nothing but love & healing energy! Get well buddy. We’re all pulling for you!”

Meanwhile, People magazine reported that Modest Mouse just concluded a tour on December 20 celebrating the 25th anniversary of its album “The Lonesome Crowded West.”

Tributes to Green quickly appeared on social media, with former Modest Mouse Johnny Marr calling him “the most creative musician I ever met.”