Jeremiah Green, the drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Modest Mouse, has cancer.
The 45-year-old’s mother Carol Namatame confirmed as much in a Facebook post on Christmas Day. She asked fans to “send healing vibes for my son” who is “battling stage 4 cancer” and lauded him for “hanging in there.” It remains unclear what type of cancer Green has.
Modest Mouse concluded the 25th anniversary tour of their second album, “The Lonesome Crowded West,” on Dec. 20, according to People. Footage online showed Green participating as their founding drummer as recently as Dec. 1 during a Los Angeles tour date.
While the band is set to tour South America next year with dates in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Brazil in March and Mexico in April, Marco Collins — a Seattle radio personality for KEXP and a friend of Green’s — confirmed on Facebook that Green won’t be there.
“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,” Collins wrote on Monday. “Despite having a stage 4 diagnosis, his prognosis is good!”
Collins added that Green’s oncologist was a huge fan of the band, “so he’s got that in his corner!” The band confirmed the news directly to fans on Instagram.
Green helped form Modest Mouse with frontman Isaac Brock in Seattle in 1992. He’s appeared on every album aside from “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” in 2004, as he took an extensive hiatus from the group — after having a nervous breakdown.
“I went on antidepressants, and I got all manic and weird,” Green told High Times in 2018. “I just blew up one day. I was acting hella weird. I ended up in the hospital for six hours and realized pretty quick I didn’t want to be there.”
Green told the outlet that it took him “a long time” to reach out to his bandmates after that, “because I was embarrassed.” He said when he “got back to normal,” he believed he had “ruined” his life and “sat around depressed for like a year” before his colleagues invited him back.
While Brock told NMW last year that Modest Mouse was working on a follow-up to their 2021 release “The Golden Casket,” it currently appears unlikely that Green will contribute to the yet-untitled project. As evident by rabid posts on social media, his fans certainly hope so.