STOOGES LEGEND DEAD

Published on: January 6, 2009
STOOGES LEGEND DEAD

Guitar hero Ron Asheton, 60, of The Stooges dead.

Asheton was reportedly found dead at his home in Ann Arbor seemingly from a heart attack.

The body was found by his personal assistant after not being able top contact the ex-Stooge for days.  Michigan detectives believe Asheton passed several days prior to discovery.

Along with legendary Iggy Pop, Asheton founded the hard rocking Detroit band in 1967, creating such LPs as Raw Power and Fun House.  Asheton's incendiary guitar riffs can be hears as such classics as "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "No Fun" and "TV Eye."

Inspiring the Detroit band MC5, Iggy, Ron and the Stooges launched a Metallic KO prefiguring the rise of the Ramones and punk.

After the Stooges, Asheton played in Destroy All Monsters with sultry death thrush Niagara and Wylde Ratttz, a super-group featuring Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore

Ron Asheton was named Number 29 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and played last year as Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.