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Grant Hart, the man who helped form the Minnesota-based indie band Hüsker Dü, died at the age of 56 on September 13. The band posted a photo of Hart, its longtime drummer, on its Facebook page without a caption.
Hart’s publicist later confirmed he died after a long battle with kidney cancer.
Hart formed the band with singer-songwriter Bob Mould and bassist Greg Norton in 1979.
“(Hüsker Dü) was one of the leading lights of the American independent-rock movement of the 1980s,” an obituary in the Chicago Tribune said.
The band was influenced by punk rock and hardcore rock and were at their most popular when they decided to break up in 1988. The three former bandmates each went on to have solo careers.
Mould recently started talking to Hart once again regarding an upcoming release of past Hüsker Dü material. He posted an emotional tribute to Hart on Facebook.
In the statement, Mould talked about how the two met in 1978 and started writing music together.
“Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician,” Mould wrote. “Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.”