Iggy Pop’s bandmate Ron Asheton found dead
Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of Ron Asheton, the guitarist for the influential punk rock band The Stooges. He was 60.
Asheton was found dead at his Ann Arbor home early Tuesday by police officers after they were summoned by his personal assistant who had not heard from him in several days, according to Detective Bill Stanford.
Police 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.
While an autopsy will be performed, there were no signs of any foul play or drug use; the death appeared to be of natural causes, he added.
Asheton was an original member of the rock band fronted by Iggy Pop in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He played guitar and bass in The Stooges, which he and Iggy formed in Ann Arbor in 1967. He was born in Washington, D.C. His brother, Scott, who lives in Florida, is the band’s drummer.
Asheton’s commanding, distorted guitar on songs like “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “T.V. Eye” was a trademark of the group’s sound. He switched to bass for the band’s third album, “Raw Power“, in 1973, after Dave Alexander was fired from the group.
While albums such as “Fun House” and “Raw Power” would later be regarded as some of the most influential of the era, the band never had commercial success at the time, eventually breaking up in 1974. Iggy Pop then moved on for a solo career.
In 2007, The Stooges reunited and released “The Weirdness,” their first album in three decades.
The Stooges are nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with inductees set to be announced later this month.
Rest in peace Ron.