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Stooges guitarist dies
Founding guitarist Ron Asheton is discovered dead at his home06 January 2008 - It’s been reported that The Stooges guitarist and bassist has passed away aged 60, due to a heart attack.
He was found at his home in Michigan today (Tuesday 6 January) and is believed to have been there for several days, according to Detective Sgt Jim Stephenson who's quoted in Ann Arbor News, Asheton's local paper.
However, the cause of death has not yet been disclosed from the autopsy and toxicology results.
Ron Asheton founded the group along with his brother and Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, the late bassist Dave Alexander and frontman Iggy Pop.
Hits featuring Asheton’s riffing include I Wanna Be Your Dog, No Fun and Down On The Street.
He took up bassist duties on their third record Raw Power in 1973, which was not a commercial success, before leaving the band and joining The New Order and Destroy All Monsters, New Race and the Wylde Ratttz, which was a supergroup with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Mark Arm from Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and The Minutemen’s Mike Watt.
Ron Asheton, his brother Scott and Mike Watt began playing together back in 2000, and a show viewed by Iggy Pop prompted the band’s official reformation in 2003.
They released their latest album The Weirdness in 2007 and graced the festival circuit in 2007 with performances at Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and a headline slot at Get Loaded in the summer of 2008.