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Published: 2017/09/14

Hüsker Dü‘s Grant Hart Passes Away at 56

via the band’s Facebook

Grant Hart, drummer for iconic ’80s rockers Hüsker Dü, has passed away at the age of 56. The band posted a photo of Hart without caption early this morning, and his former bandmate Bob Mould later confirmed the news in his own post.

“The tragic news of Grant’s passing was not unexpected to me,” Mould writes. “My deepest condolences and thoughts to Grant’s family, friends, and fans around the world.”

Hart, Mould and bassist Greg Norton co-founded Hüsker Dü in the late ’70s in Minnesota and grew to be a highly influential trio for following generations of artists. Their six albums – released from 1983 to 1987 before their breakup the following year – featured writing and singing from Hart, though Mould was the main songwriter, especially early on. 1984’s Zen Arcade is widely considered the band’s best work.

After the dissolution of the band, Hart forged a solo career and also formed the band Nova Mob in the early ’90s. Though tensions between Hart and Mould are largely blamed for the end of Hüsker Dü, the two musicians reunited on stage in 2004 and seemed to have come together in their older age.

“We stopped working together in January 1988,” Mould writes in his post. “We went on to solo careers, fronting our own bands, finding different ways to tell our individual stories. We stayed in contact over the next 29 years — sometimes peaceful, sometimes difficult, sometimes through go-betweens. For better or worse, that’s how it was, and occasionally that’s what it is when two people care deeply about everything they built together.

“Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician,” Mould continues. “Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember. Godspeed, Grant. I miss you. Be with the angels.”

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