In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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Grant Hart

Grant Hart, drummer and singer of the seminal alternative rock band Hüsker Dü, died at 56 in September after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

"His drumming alone is enough to secure Grant Hart a place in the alt-rock history books, but that's only part of his story," Bob Mould Band drummer Jon Wurster wrote. "Grant was a top-shelf songwriter, penning and handling lead vocals on Hüsker Dü classics like ‘Terms of Psychic Warfare,' ‘Diane,' ‘Green Eyes' and ‘The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill.'"

And what a voice. His was arguably the best to come out of the post-punk/hardcore/alternative scene: sweet and angelic one minute, menacing the next.

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