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The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies at 64

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Mar 16, 2014 | 5:42pm EDT

The Stooges drummer and co-founder Scott Asheton has died at the age of 64. Asheton's death was confirmed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop on Sunday (16Mar14), as the rocker took to his Facebook.com page to announce the news. He writes, "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." The cause of death had not been revealed as WENN went to press. Asheton founded the Stooges in 1967, along with Pop, Dave Alexander, and guitarist Ron Asheton, his older brother who died in 2009. When the Stooges disbanded in 1974, Asheton went on to pursue other projects, including serving as the drummer for acts such as Sonny Vincent and Scott Morgan, as well as on Pop's solo projects. Asheton reunited with Pop and the remaining Stooges in 2003, touring and recording with the band until 2011, when he suffered a stroke, forcing him into temporary retirement. In 2010, Asheton, Pop, and James Williamson were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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