ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for pioneering
indie rock band Husker Du, has died at age 56.

Ken Shipley, who runs the band's record label Numero Group, tells The
Associated Press that Hart died Wednesday in Minnesota. Hart had been diagnosed
with cancer.

Hart formed Husker Du with bassist Greg Norton and guitarist Bob Mould, with
whom he shared singing duties, in St. Paul in 1978. The band began as a punk
outfit before moving into alternative rock.

While it was never a huge commercial success, Husker Du was seen as a major
influence on bands such as Nirvana, Green Day and the Pixies.

Mould writes on his Facebook page that Hart ``was a gifted visual artist, a
wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician.''

A tribute concert honoring Hart took place in Minneapolis in July.