The Stooges’ Ron Asheton Found Dead in His Home

Written by on January 6, 2009

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Earlier today, Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead in his Ann Arbor, Michigan home from what investigators unofficially say might have been a heart attack some days ago.

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, police broke into Asheton’s place after his personal assistant reported not having heard from him for several days. Asheton was 60.

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Ron Asheton was an original member of the Stooges from when they were formed in 1967 and was, with the group, set the tone for the new Detroit punk/rock sound of the 70s and 80s — a style that influenced other legendary artists like The Damned, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nikki and the Corvettes and Nirvana. Asheton’s creative riffs will always be remembered by fans and those his axe-handling had inspired.
The Stooges are still waiting to be put in their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They had been nominated several times and are in contention for the honor of induction this year.

Revenge of the 80s Radio will feature a tribute to Asheton and the Stooges during part of Friday night’s show.
The music world has lost another great innovator. RIP Ron Asheton.

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