Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Stooges' Ron Asheton - 1948-2009

2009 has just barely begun and there is already a terrible music loss. Guitarist and founding member of American punk pioneers the Stooges, Ron Asheton was found dead in his home yesterday (Jan. 6) by police. Police discovered the body of the guitarist in his bed after being let into his Ann Arbor, Mich. home by his personal assistant. Media reports indicate there was no initial signs of violence or drug use at the scene, where authorities estimate Asheton passed away Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. Asheton was 60.

“I am in shock,” said Stooges singer Iggy Pop. “He was my best friend.”

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