Scott Asheton, drummer for proto-punk legends The Stooges, has died at the age of 64.
Asheton founded The Stooges in 1967 with his brother Ron, who died of a heart attack in 2009. Scott played on The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, and continued to tour with Iggy Pop following the breakup of The Stooges in 1974.
He reunited with Iggy and Ron in 2003 to play Coachella, and had contributed to 2007’s The Weirdness and 2013’s Ready To Die albums, but had cut back on touring since suffering a severe stroke in 2011. Drummer Toby Dammit had recently been filling in for live dates.
Announcing the news, Iggy Pop said, “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.”