Mimi Parker, best known as drummer and vocalist for indie rock band Low, has died following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 55 years old.
Alan Sparhawk, husband and teammate of Parker, confirmed his death to The Guardian and the group’s management has confirmed Variety. According to a tweet shared by the group on Sunday, Parker died on Saturday evening.
“Friends, it is difficult to put the universe into language and into a short message,” wrote the band. “She passed away last night surrounded by her family and love, including yours. Keep her name close and sacred.
“Share this moment with someone who needs you. Love is indeed the most important thing.”
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Low for comment.
Parker shared that she was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in December 2020 during an interview on the Sheroes Radio podcast in January. She said the experience had “completely changed my perspective”.
“I think it’s important that when people get diagnosed, some people tend to ask ‘Why?’, ‘Why me?'” Parker said at the time. “I never had that. It was always, ‘Why not?’ We are all subject to everything that happens randomly.”
She continued, “Our time can be cut short, and what do we do with that time we have? We try to make every day mean something.”
Parker’s declining health forced the band to drop out of UK and European tourwhich was to start in November.
“There have been tough days but your love has supported us and will continue to see us through this,” the Low Sparhawk guitarist wrote in an October Instagram post. “Our thoughts are immediately with others in similar situations but who don’t have as many sending such love and healing wishes.”
From a musical family – his mother was an aspiring former country singer and his sister played guitar – Parker played drums throughout middle and high school, she previously told Chickfactor. She joined Low after being approached by her musician husband.
“I guess (music) was always kind of a dream, not something I ever thought I would do, but once in a while I thought playing music would be fun,” Parker said. “So Alan and I talked about it, and then he and (bassist) John Nichols got together and came up with the idea for the band – slow and quiet.”
With the release of their debut album “I Could Live in Hope” in 1994, Low became known for their slowcore style, an atmospheric genre characterized by its long melodies and chaotic rhythms.
The band have released 13 studio albums to date, with the band’s latest album “Hey What” earning them a nomination for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.