Scott Asheton Dead; Stooges Drummer Was 64

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Scott Asheton, the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, has died at age 64. His rep confirmed the tragedy but no details were provided.

Asheton was part of the Stooges when they formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Mich. His older brother, Ron Asheton, was the group's guitarist. He died in 2009.

Bandleader Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he's "never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton."


"He was like my brother," Pop said. "He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me."

The rocker concluded of his friend, "My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life."

Asheton suffered from undisclosed illnesses as far back as 2011 and was unable to perform at summer music festivals in Europe with the Stooges.

"He was on a flight to England when all sorts of hell broke loose," Pop told Rolling Stone. "Without proper medical attention right there he would have bought it."

"He got very, very good care from the British and all sorts of tests."

While the Stooges weren't a commercial success, they went on to become one of the significant bands in punk, giving way to a generation of punk musicians.

The band is said to have influenced acts from Patti Smith to the Ramones to Sid Vicious, and the group landed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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