Grant Hart of band Husker Du, dies at 56

By Wade Sheridan  |  Sept. 14, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Grant Hart, drummer and singer for influential rock band Husker Du, died Thursday of cancer at age 56.

Husker Du singer-songwriter Bon Mould shared a tribute to Hart on Facebook alongside photos of the pair together.

"The tragic news of Grant's passing was not unexpected to me. My deepest condolences and thoughts to Grant's family, friends, and fans around the world," he wrote. "Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember. Godspeed, Grant. I miss you. Be with the angels."

Husker Du, which also consisted of bassist Greg Norton, released six albums starting with 1983's Everything Falls Apart and ending with 1987's Warehouse: Songs and Stories. The group split in 1988 with Hart moving onto a solo career that included several albums and EPs and the formation of another band, Nova Mob.

Hart and Mould recently started communicating again, leading to the upcoming release of Savage Young Du, a three-disc compilation album consisting of early Husker Du material.

In July, a tribute show for Hart took place in Minneapolis at the Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge. Hart closed out the event performing his most beloved songs and explained to the crowd how he was dealing with health issues.

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