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Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies

By | Published on Monday 17 March 2014

Scott Asheton

Iggy & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died on Saturday evening. The cause of death has not yet been announced. He was 64.

In a statement, published on his Facebook page, Iggy Pop said: “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. He was like my brother. He and [his brother] 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”.

Although he appeared on Iggy & The Stooges’ last album, ‘Ready To Die’, which was released last year, Asheton had only performed live with the band once since 2011, after sustaining an undisclosed injury on a flight that year.

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this month, the band’s guitarist James Williamson said that the group still held out hope that Asheton would return to live performance, saying: “Scotty is losing a step here and there and he just can’t keep up with that brutal touring schedule. It’s just too tough … Scotty is getting better, though. He brought a lot to the party on the last record”.

Pop is now the last surviving original member of the band, Asheton’s brother Ron having died in 2009, and original bassist Dave Alexander in 1975.