Rodan’s Jason Noble dies of cancer

Guitarist and vocalist had been battling a rare form of cancer for three years

Jason Noble, the guitarist and vocalist in influential Louisville-based band Rodan, died yesterday morning (August 4) after a three-year battle with cancer.

In 2009, Noble was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer which attacks the soft tissue in the body. He had been taking part in a new clinical trial to destroy the cancer when he suffered a heart attack, caused by a bacterial infection he contracted, on Friday.

A note, written on his Caring Bridge blog, said: “Around 10:45am this morning Jason went into cardiac arrest for a second time. After 45 minutes of CPR and other heroic measures the NIH staff were unable to get his heart to pump again.

“Jason passed away just before 11am surrounded by friends and family. He will be cremated here in Maryland early next week prior to making his final journey back to Kentucky. Plans for a larger gathering to celebrate Jason’s life is still in the works but is expected to be at least a few weeks out.”

Noble joined the post-hardcore band Rodan in the early 1990’s and released a number of EP’s and singles before 1994’s seminal debut album ‘Rusty’. After the Louisville group disbanded in 1995, Noble formed Rachel’s and then Shipping News, with Rodan guitarist Jeff Mueller.