Ron Asheton


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Punk guitarist Ron Asheton of The Stooges has been found dead in his Ann Arbor home. He was 60.

City police Sgt. Brad Hill says there were no signs of foul play, and the death appeared to be of natural causes.

Hill says officers discovered Asheton early Tuesday after they were called to his home around midnight by an associate who hadn't heard from him in several days.

Asheton was an original member of The Stooges, the influential protopunk band founded in Ann Arbor in 1967. Asheton's brother, Scott, was the band's drummer.

Asheton's distorted guitar was a hallmark of the Iggy Pop-led group's late-1960s and early-1970s sound. He was named the 29th greatest guitarist of all time in 2003 by Rolling Stone.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press

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Thank you for the music and friendship

I feel like I knew ron asheton most of my life through his music and songwriting. I always loved iggy and the stooges since I was a kid. Ron asheton was a legend of his own time

Rest in Peace Ron. I'll never forget your sense of humor. I laughed till I cried. Love ya...

Hey Ron, rest in peace...P.S. your cat just found a forever home with us. Loved your music, loved the Stooges from way back in the early days. Sail On...

Thanks, Ron...from a humble italian punk rock musician.

Mickey -

To whom it may concern, I saw Ron and the Stooges in Buffalo, NY in November of 1970. I recall it well. God bless to his relations. Maranatha!

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.

Where did you go?
We weren't ready to say goodbye.

He is gone but his music lives on! Pride of the midwest.

My condolences to his friends and family.

Rest in Peace, Ron.