Asheton died on Saturday (March 15) at age 64
Making the news public last night (March 16), Stooges frontman Iggy Pop announced that Asheton passed away on March 15, and paid tribute to a man he describes as being “like my brother”.
A number of musicians have followed Pop’s lead in paying tribute to Asheton, including members of Guns N’ Roses, The Black Keys and Mogwai plus Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and comedian Noel Fielding. Posting her message, Juliette Lewis recalled performing live with the drummer before his death: “Farewell to gentle blue eyed soul #ScottAsheton I had the pleasure to know and share the stage with. He’s 4ever remembered not forgotten.”
A founding member of the group, Asheton retired temporarily in 2011 following a stroke. He remained with The Stooges for 2013 album ‘Ready To Die’ but did not tour on health grounds. His cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Scroll down to see a collection of musician’s tribute to Asheton now.
Scott Asheton passed away. Stooges albums on full.
— henryrollins (@henryrollins) March 17, 2014
The heart and soul of The Stooges Scott Asheton has passed . Rip
We will play with fury in your honor.
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) March 17, 2014
Farewell to gentle blue eyed soul #ScottAsheton I had the pleasure to know and share the stage with. He’s 4ever remembered not forgotten.
— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) March 17, 2014
scott asheton rocked me as deeply as any musician ever. gave me such joy and freedom in my life R.I.P.
— Flea (@flea333) March 17, 2014
I can’t believe Scott Asheton passed away. That’s ruined my day, week , year 🙁 X
— noel fielding (@noelfielding11) March 17, 2014
I just heard that Scott Asheton the Stooges drummer has passed away. Awful news. Rest in peace Rock Action. One of the best ever.
— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) March 16, 2014
No more Rock Action. Rest in Peace Scott Asheton
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) March 16, 2014