Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Found Dead

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According to a Police report today in the Ann Arbor News, famed rock-and-roll guitarist of The Stooges, Ronald “Ron” Asheton was found dead in his home this morning. He was 60 years old.

Asheton, 60, was an original member of The Stooges, a garage-rock band headlined by Iggy Pop and formed in Ann Arbor in 1967. Asheton was a long-time resident of the Michigan city.

According to the Ann Arbor News, Asheton’s personal assistant contacted police late Monday night after being unable to reach Asheton for days, Detective Bill Stanford said.

Officers went to the home on Highlake Avenue at around midnight and discovered Asheton’s body on a living-room couch. He appeared to have been dead for at least several days, Stanford said.

Detective Sgt. Jim Stephenson said the cause of death is undetermined but investigators do not suspect foul play. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending.

Asheton was born in Washington, D.C. His brother, Scott, who lives in Florida, is the band’s drummer.

In 2007, The Stooges reunited and released “The Weirdness,” their first album in three decades.

Asked how it felt to be back with The Stooges, Asheton told The News in an interview that year that it was “great to be back on the road.”

Listen to The Stooges “No Fun” here.

POSTED January 6, 2009 3:18PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS: ,

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