Ron Asheton, Stooges guitarist, found dead at 60
Asheton co-founded the legendary American rock group along with his brother Scott and front-man, punk rock icon, Iggy Pop.
He also performed with bands including The New Order (not the same as the UK new wave group), Destroy All Monsters, and New Race, as well as with artists such as J. Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.) and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
Asheton, 60, was found on his couch and appeared to have been dead for several days, Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Brad Hill said.
"We do not expect foul play," Hill said.
Police were called to Asheton's home shortly after midnight after an acquaintance reported that he had been unable to contact him for several days.
Asheton's brother, Scott, is the drummer for The Stooges. The pair were founding members of the band formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor along with front-man Iggy Pop.
The Stooges have released a statement following the death of guitarist and founding member Ron Asheton. “We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron’s death. He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable. He will be missed,” reads the statement from Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt and the band’s management. “For all that knew him behind the facade of Mr. Cool & Quirky, he was a kind-hearted, genuine, warm person who always believed that people meant well even if they did not.
“As a musician Ron was ‘The Guitar God’, idol to follow and inspire others. That is how he will be remembered by people who had a great pleasure to work with him, learn from him and share good and bad times with him,” the statement continues. Iggy Pop adds, “I am in shock. He was my best friend.”