February 2, 2023

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Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green has cancer

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Jeremiah Green, drummer and co-founder of rock band Modest Mouse, has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. The band announced Green’s diagnosis on its official Instagram Tuesday night.

“Some of you have already heard, but I thought it would be good to hear the news straight from our camp,” wrote lead singer Isaac Brock. “Jeremiah was diagnosed with cancer some time ago and is currently undergoing treatment. It’s running smoothly and seems to be making a positive difference. Jeremiah, like me, I believe in the power of positive energy, so if you would be so kind as to send ‘good vibes’ (to quote Jeremiah) to Jeremiah and his family, that would be great.”

Greene’s mother, Carol Namatame, sought “healing vibes” from fans in a Christmas Facebook post, writing that her son is “battling stage 4 cancer” but is “so strong and so brave and hanging in there.” KEXP DJ Marco Collins added in his own Facebook post that Green dropped out of the band’s recent tour for chemotherapy treatment. It is not clear what type of cancer Greene was diagnosed with.

“Despite a stage 4 diagnosis, her prognosis is good,” Collins wrote. “Also her oncologist is a big MM fan (so she’s got it in her corner!)”

Green has been Modest Mouse’s drummer since 1992, when he formed the band with Brock and former bassist Eric Judy. He briefly left the group in 2003, but returned later that year and has been recording and touring with Modest Mouse ever since. The band’s seventh album, “The Golden Casket”, was released on June 25, 2021.

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