Grant Hart, the drummer and co-lead singer of influential indie rockers Husker Du, has died. He was 56 and had been battling cancer.
Around 11 p.m. Pacific Time Wednesday, the official Husker Du Facebook page posted a photo of Grant with no caption.
The Minneapolis band, which Hart formed with fellow singer-songwriter Bob Mould and bassist Greg Norton in 1979, had a paramount influence on the 80’s indie rock scene. That strong local rock scene also included the Replacements and Soul Asylum, but never reached commercial heights and the band split in early 1988. Mould went on to a successful solo career that included solo albums and a short era leading the band Sugar. Hart released several albums and EPs over the years both solo and as leader of the band Nova Mob and even had a documentary made of him titled Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart. Just recently Husker Du announced the release of a box set titled Savage Young Du.