(Ron Asheton performing with the Stooges, from http://www.mlive.com.)
The Ann Arbor News is reporting that Ron Asheton, guitarist of the Stooges, was found dead in his home this morning. Here’s the full story:
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.
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.
We’ll keep updating when we know more. We also found an old issue of Black to Comm with a great Asheton interview, so if we’ll get the chance we’ll post it.