Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Passes Away at 64

2014-03-17

Story by Anne Erickson

Scott Asheton of the Stooges has passed away, says Iggy Pop

Stooges frontman Iggy Pop has announced that the longtime drummer for the band, Scott Asheton, has passed away. In a note posted Sunday (March 16) on his official Facebook page, Pop stated that Asheton, 64, passed away the night before.

Pop wrote, “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 Asheton’s have always been and continue to be a second family to me.”

He added, “My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

Pop didn’t explain the cause of death, but Asheton experienced a stroke in 2011. Asheton’s brother and former band mate, Ron Asheton, passed away in 2009.

Asheton was one of the original members of the Stooges, and he got together with Ron, Iggy, and Dave Alexander in 1967 to form the group. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based band, which is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, disbanded in 1974, but got back together in 2003. The group is thought to have greatly influenced ‘70s punk rock movement.