Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton found dead

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Ron Asheton, guitarist for legendary punk rockers the Stooges, was found dead today at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The death is still under investigation, but initial reports suggest that he had a heart attack. Asheton was 60.

Ann Arbor Police entered his house around midnight after receiving a call from someone who requested they check in on the guitarist because the caller had not heard from him in a few days. At his home, they found Asheton deceased on his living-room sofa. Detective Sgt. Jim Stephenson Ann Arbor News that he appeared to have been dead for at least several days.

Asheton formed The Stooges, along with his brother (and drummer) Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander (bass guitar) and frontman Iggy Pop, in 1967 in Ann Arbor. Active from 1967 to 1974, the band is considered to be one the most influential punk/alternative bands despite only releasing three albums during that period.& In 2003, the band reunited (with Mike Watt replacing the late Alexander) and have since performed multiple live tours as well as recording new material, 2007’s The Weirdness.

The Stooges released a statement following the news of Asheton’s death.

“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,” said members Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt and the band’s management in the statement. “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."

Pop added, "I am in shock. He was my best friend."

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