He had been battling cancer
Grant Hart has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 56.
The news was confirmed by Hart’s former bandmate, Bob Mould, on his Facebook page.
Mould wrote: “It was the Fall of 1978. I was attending Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. One block from my dormitory was a tiny store called Cheapo Records. There was a PA system set up near the front door blaring punk rock. I went inside and ended up hanging out with the only person in the shop. His name was Grant Hart.
“The next nine years of my life was spent side-by-side with Grant. We made amazing music together. We (almost) always agreed on how to present our collective work to the world. When we fought about the details, it was because we both cared. The band was our life. It was an amazing decade.
“We stopped working together in January 1988. 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.
“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.
“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.”
Hart, Mould and Greg Norton released six albums as Hüsker Dü, from 1983’s Everything Falls Apart to 1987’s Warehouse: Songs and Stories.
After Hüsker Dü, Hart formed Nova Mob who released released two full-length recordings, one EP and a handful of singles.
Hart also released four solo albums, Intolerance (1989), Good News For Modern Man (1999), Hot Wax (2009) and The Argument (2013).
A box set of Hüsker Dü’s early catalog, Savage Young Dü, is released in November.
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