Asheton was found dead at his Michigan home today (January 6). It is suspected that he died of a heart attack.
A statement issued by Iggy Pop, Stooges drummer (and Asheton‘s brother) Scott Asheton, saxophonist Steve Mackay, bassist Mike Watt and The Stooges‘ management and crew reads:
“We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron‘s death. He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable. He will be missed.
“For all that knew him behind the facade of Mr Cool & Quirky, he was a kind-hearted, genuine, warm person who always believed that people meant well even if they did not.
“As a musician Ron was ‘The Guitar God’, idol to follow and inspire others. That is how he will be remembered by people who had a great pleasure to work with him, learn from him and share good and bad times with him.
Iggy Pop added a further personal statement, simply declaring: “I am in shock. He was my best friend.”