Stooges Guitarist Asheton Found Dead in Michigan Home

World | January 7, 2009, Wednesday // 00:00

Ron Asheton, a guitarist and founding member of the influential rock band The Stooges, was found dead at his home Michigan on Tuesday, world media reported.

The musician, 60, was found on his couch and appeared to have been dead for several days.

Police were called to Asheton's house after an acquaintance reported that he had been unable to contact him for days.

Stooges frontman Iggy Pop, who went on to enjoy a successful solo career, said in a statement that he was in shock about the death of "my best friend."

The Stooges formed in 1967, with the lineup rounded out by Asheton's brother Scott on drums and the late Dave Alexander on bass. The band was part of a late 1960s Detroit-area rock scene that also included the MC5.

They broke up in 1974 after three now-classic albums and limited commercial success.

After The Stooges broke up, Asheton acted in a series of low-budget horror films in the 1980s and 1990s.

He rejoined the group after their reunion in 2003 and for the 2007 comeback album, "The Weirdness."

The band has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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