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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong expressed his grief on Instagram.

By Hayden Wright

Grant Hart, drummer and vocalist for the pioneering rock band Hüsker Dü, has passed away at age 56. Hart was battling cancer at the time of his death.

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One of the most influential alt-melodic punk groups, Hüsker Dü,  were active from 1979 to 1987 and released six full-length studio albums; Grant wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, including “Turn on the News” and “The Girl Who Lives on a Hill.”

“There are no words that describe the huge impact that Grant Hart and [bandmate] Bob Mould’s music on Green Day…” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wrote on Instagram. “We were 16 years old. Hüsker Dü was our favorite band. We became a three-piece because of Hüsker. We went through adolescence listening to this band. I wanted to be a song writer because of Hüsker Dü To put it simply there would be no GD if it wasn’t for Hüsker Dü.”

Hüsker Dü grew out of the same local rock scene as the Replacements and Soul Asylum. But their relationship was fraught with tension and they broke up in 1987 at the height of their popularity. Variety reports that Hart “declined into a heroin addiction from which he never fully recovered.”

After Hüsker Dü disbanded, Grant became involved in the alt-rock trio Nova Mobb, and later focused on solo material. The St. Paul, Minnesota native recorded studio solo albums from 1989 to his final album, The Argument, in 2013.

The official Hüsker Dü Facebook page posted a captionless photo of Hart early this morning.

This one hurt. Bad. The passing of Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü .. there are no words that describe the huge impact that Grant Hart and Bob Moulds music on Green Day. When we first started we listened to Warehouse songs and stories, candy apple gray, flip your wig constantly. We were 16 years old. Hüsker Dü was our favorite band. We became a three piece because of Hüsker. We went through adolescence listening to this band. I wanted to be a song writer because of Hüsker Dü To put it simply there would be no GD if it wasn't for Hüsker Dü .. Grant where ever you are , I don't have to put on your records to listen to them. They are memorized in my head. "Please leave a number and a message at the tone Or you can just go on and leave me alone" heart breaking #granthart #hüskerdü

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