Mimi Parker, singer for indie band Low, dies from ovarian cancer

Mimi Parker, singer, songwriter and drummer for the Minnesota indie band, has died from ovarian cancer, her husband said. She was 54 or 55.

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Parker’s soprano vocals and economical drumming defined the sound of the band from Duluth, which she founded with her husband, Alan Sparhawk, according to Rolling Stone.

“Friends, it’s hard to put the universe into language and into a short message, but … She passed away last night, surrounded by family and love, including yours,” Sparhawk wrote on Low’s official Twitter account. “Keep her name close and sacred. Share this moment with someone who needs you. Love is indeed the most important thing.”

After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2020, Parker began treatment the following year and revealed her condition while she was interviewed during a podcast in early 2022, according to The Guardian.

Parker and Sparhawk formed Low in Duluth in 1993, according to Rolling Stone. A number of bassists have rounded out the trio, which was initially famous for its slow-playing pace. In a 1995 interview with Billboard, Sparhawk said the couple’s inspiration was “(Brian) Eno, Joy Division, and the boredom of living in Duluth.”

Their debut album, 1994′s “I Can Live in Hope,” featured a 10-minute song, “Lullaby,” Rolling Stone reported.

The band became known for its 1999 cover of “Little Drummer Boy,” which was featured in a Gap ad in 2001, according to the magazine.

Low hit the pop charts in 2007 with “Drums and Guns.”

Parker was born in 1967 and grew up in a small town outside of Bemidji, Minnesota, according to The Guardian. She met Sparhawk, where they both attended elementary school. They later formed Low with bassist John Nichols.