Sad, sad news has come to the rock 'n' roll world this morning as we learn that Ron Asheton, legendary guitarist of The Stooges who brought the world the riffs of "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "No Fun," "Loose," and "TV Eye," among countless others, was found dead in his Ann Arbor home at age 60. He had been dead for several days before he was found, and while an autopsy is still pending, the death was most likely the result of a heart attack. No foul play is suspected.
Asheton, along with his brother Scott on drums, Dave Alexander on bass, and Iggy Stooge (later Iggy Pop) singing, formed The Stooges in Detroit in 1967 and proceeded to release 2 classic albums, the self-titled Stooges in 1969 and Fun House in 1970. The band would fall apart due to poor sales and drug use before being revived by fervent fan David Bowie. Now demoted to bass guitar, Ron Asheton would record 1973's Raw Power. That album, like the previous two, was a commercial flop, but all three albums provided the blueprint for just about every punk, garage, and primal rock band that followed. Despite his lack of outstanding technical skill, Asheton's enormous influence earned him the ranking of the 29th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003.
After a popular musical performance in the movie Velvet Goldmine and the use of Stooges songs in films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and 24 Hour Party People, The Stooges returned in 2003 and have toured ever since, recording their fourth album, The Weirdness, in 2007. The news will most likely halt will any future Stooges touring for the immediate future.
Our deepest condolences go out to friends, family, and fans of the band.