Scott Asheton, founding drummer for iconic punk band The Stooges, passed away Saturday evening from as-yet unspecified causes. He was 64.
The world became aware of Asheton’s death via a statement from band frontman Iggy Pop on his Facebook page on Sunday:
“My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.
“Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. 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.
“My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”
The original Stooges formed in Ann Arbor, MI in 1967 with Asheton on drums, his brother Ron Asheton on guitar, Dave Alexander on bass and Iggy Pop on lead vocal. They started by releasing three albums between 1969-1973—The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power—that are widely held today as foundational to the evolution of punk rock. The Stooges disbanded in 1974, but reunited in 2003. Ron Asheton died in 2009.
Scott Asheton continued to perform with the band until he was sidelined with a stroke in 2011. He returned to record last year’s album Ready to Die but had performed live only intermittently with The Stooges due to health reasons. His death leaves Iggy Pop as the only original member still performing with The Stooges.
Asheton was inducted with The Stooges into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.