Drummer Tim Mooney, formerly known as the backbeat for the Sleepers, American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon has passed away at the age of 53. Mooney was said to have died from a blood clot, but he also suffered a small heart attack.
Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon made a statement saying, "I knew Tim Mooney for over 20 years. As many Red House Painters' fans may know, American Music Club was very helpful in giving us our start. Later on, Tim played drums on my first solo album, Rock 'n' Roll Singer, and then on Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts Of The Great Highway. We shared many long days and hours together. Tim was a peaceful, patient, and incredibly talented person. The last time I saw Tim was in 2009, in Petaluma, he was having ice cream with his daughter. He was as happy and content as ever. This photo was taken during my work with him at Toast Recording Studios, in San Francisco. I've been overwhelmed with memories of Tim since learning of the news yesterday. My heart goes out to his family, his many friends, and to the members of AMC."