Drummer Jeremiah Green helped pave the way for the indie rock music sound many admire today. In 1992, the Oahu, Hawaii native helped form Modest Mouse. Jeremiah and the band’s other original members, Isaac Brock and Eric Judy, dominated the charts in the late ‘90s and early 2000s with hits like “Float On” and “Dramamine.”
Throughout their run, Modest Mouse has endured several highs and lows. However, in December 2022, Jeremiah died at age 45, days after his loved ones opened up about his health. Here’s what we know about Jeremiah Green’s wife and family.
Jeremiah Green’s wife and family are mourning him following his death from cancer.
While Modest Mouse has been in the spotlight for quite some time, the band members, especially Jeremiah, have preferred to keep their personal lives as private as fame will allow. Still, Jeremiah used his Instagram to share his life through photos. On the drummer’s account, fans can see pictures of nature, animals, and his family, including his wife, Lauren Green.
In December 2022, Jeremiah made headlines for something other than his band and his wife. On Christmas Day 2022, Jeremiah’s mother, Carol Namatame, took to Facebook to share details about his health. At 45, Jeremiah had been privately dealing with his stage 4 cancer diagnosis.
“Please send healing vibes for my son, Jeremiah Green, who is battling stage 4 cancer,” Carol wrote above several pictures of Jeremiah. “He’s is so strong and so brave and hanging in there!”
Carol received many comments from fans offering their prayers and support to Jeremiah, Lauren, and their young son Wilder. Following Carol’s initial Facebook post, Jeremiah’s friend and Seattle radio personality Marco Collins wrote that Jeremiah had stepped down from touring with Modest Mouse to prioritize his chemo treatments. Just six days later, Modest Mouse took to Instagram and shared that Jeremiah had died.
“I don’t know a way to ease into this: Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah,” the band wrote under a photo of their drummer. “He laid down to rest and simply faded out. I’d like to say a bunch of pretty words right now, but it just isn’t the time. These will come later and from many people. Please appreciate all the love you give, get, have given, and will get. Above all, Jeremiah was about love. We love you."
Jeremiah’s mom also released a statement confirming her son’s death. She stated that his cause of death was related to his cancer diagnosis. Carol also added her son’s family and close friends would sorely miss him.
“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. 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."
Jeremiah Green and his wife had a son together before they got married.
Jeremiah and Lauren dated in the 2010s before getting married. In 2016, they welcomed their son, Wilder, into the world. In March 2017, Jeremiah shared an Instagram photo of the couple exchanging vows.
Lauren seemingly has other passions outside of being a rock star’s wife. The Kennebunk, Maine, native is an entrepreneur, which Jeremiah supported. Jeremiah and Lauren co-owned a store in Port Townsend, Wash., called Thuja, in 2017.
According to the Port Townsend Leader, the shop was located downtown in the “artsy” city. Sadly, Thuja permanently closed around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It isn't clear what Lauren is up to now, though she sporadically posts photos of her and Wilder on her Facebook.
Jeremiah was with Modest Mouse from the beginning but left the band once in 2003 and 2004, per People. Since Jeremiah’s passing, Lauren hasn’t spoken out about her husband’s death publicly.