Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton Found Dead In Home


Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton found dead in his Ann Arbor home
by Art Aisner | The Ann Arbor News

Ron Ashton
Famed rock-and-roll guitarist and longtime Ann Arbor resident Ronald "Ron" Asheton was found dead in his home on the city's west side this morning, police said.

Asheton, 60, was an original member of The Stooges, a garage-rock band headlined by Iggy Pop and formed in Ann Arbor in 1967.

Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead early today [Tuesday 01/06] in his Ann Arbor home. His personal assistant contacted police late Monday night after being unable to reach Asheton for days, Detective Bill Stanford said.

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.

Detective Sgt. Jim Stephenson said the cause of death is undetermined but investigators do not suspect foul play. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending.

Asheton was born in Washington, D.C. His brother, Scott, who lives in Florida, is the band's drummer.

In 2007, The Stooges reunited and released The Weirdness, their first album in three decades.

Asked how it felt to be back with The Stooges, Asheton told The News in an interview that year that it was "great to be back on the road."

The Stooges were part of a 1960s music scene in Ann Arbor that included such bands as the MC5, Bob Seger, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and The Rationals.

[Published on: 1/6/09]

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Cookie Tue 1/6/2009 09:45AM
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Crushing news! One of the good guys in RnR.

WidespreadMule3 Tue 1/6/2009 10:14AM
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no! this is terrible news! i was fortunate enough to see the stooges in '07 and the band put on one of the most energetic shows i've ever seen. r.i.p. ron. you will be sorely missed.

gOdWesSaTaN Tue 1/6/2009 10:17AM
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damn we keep losing good people. R.I.P Ron

samboard starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 10:30AM
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well, at least watt got to throw down with him.

GratefulHokie star Tue 1/6/2009 11:09AM
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R.I.P. Ron...wish I was able to catch them all together.

Recreational Chemist Tue 1/6/2009 11:33AM
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Recreational Chemist

got me some L.A. Blues today

lanceuppercut3 Tue 1/6/2009 01:52PM
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iggy let everyone hop on stage when i saw them in 07 and standing a foot away from him while he played was then and espcially now one of the best music experiences of my life RIP Ron, Punk just got closer to being extinct

Tenner Tue 1/6/2009 03:53PM
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Super bummer

dave23 Tue 1/6/2009 04:00PM
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rip ron

zippinpip starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 05:03PM
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That man could PUNISH a wah wah pedal! I had the extreme pleasure of meeting him and Scott at the Wiltern show in LA and they both could not have been nicer and unassuming. Watt was equaly humble as was the Ig himself. Who woulda thought these punks icons could be such large human beings as well as being such powerful forces in modern music. PLAY FUNHOUSE REAL LOUD!

mattheis Tue 1/6/2009 07:28PM
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ron was a very nice guy also, livin' in Ann Arbor, i got to meet ron and talk to him freq. he couldn't be a nicer person. sharing his fun attitude that he was going to kick some butt w/the stooges. he had A LOT of friends/musicans that will miss him. i will. rip friend

Kill Smokey Wed 1/7/2009 12:19AM
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Kill Smokey

this sucks

stoops Wed 1/7/2009 08:39AM
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doncool starstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 04:09PM
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to a close friend at the time to his brother an to his sister my toughts an prays r with u u were an allwill be a great frind to me u an the band your friend an allway your friend DON COOL bless u an rock roll heaven got a great gutair player an i lost a good friend

bigchris Wed 1/7/2009 09:24PM
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RIP Ron. What a badass on the axe. The Stooges shows for Iggy's 60th in SF were killer. His monster play with Watt on bass was something else. He will be missed.

iwannabesedated30 Thu 1/8/2009 07:31AM
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heart breaking

groovatronics Thu 1/8/2009 10:48AM
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that wah hit deep.

maybe now we'll hear it everytime it thunders...

mikelosethelaptop Thu 1/8/2009 01:08PM
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jambase's diversification into other musical genres was initially met with a fair amount of consternation. I, being a little older (though not old enough to see the original Stooges with Ron et al) have been lucky to find these other genres equally fulfilling as the best of our jam heros. Iggy and The Stooges were an important part of my growth many years ago and I have trumpeted their value to many younger listeners for some time. their re-uniting in 2007 and their appearance at Vegoose was wonderful. Though time has been not been kind to many in rock and roll, to see the Iggster and the original boys throwing it down in their later years, nearly 40 years after their incarnation was moving on many levels. Though sad for Ron's passing, I feel a sense of joy in the level of passion they brought to their trade. To read those of you who knew him say what a nice guy Ron was is warm. Time to dig out the vinyl, the neighbors are at work, and I may just blow a speaker playing Raw Power as loud as I can stand. I suggest you all do they same. Ron, you brought me joy of which I could never reciprocate. RIP soul brother.