Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dies at 64

4:48 PM PST 03/16/2014 by Billboard Staff
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Scott Asheton with the Stooges in 2011

He co-founded the legendary punk-rock band in 1967 along with Iggy Pop.

Scott Asheton, drummer for legendary punk-rock band The Stooges, died Saturday evening at age 64. No cause of death has been announced yet.

Asheton's death was confirmed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop on Sunday afternoon via a statement on his Facebook page.

"My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night," 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.

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

Asheton co-founded The Stooges in 1967 along with Pop, bassist Dave Alexander, and his brother, guitarist Ron Asheton, who died in 2009. The band released three raw, genre-defining albums -- 1969's The Stooges, 1970's Fun House and 1973's Raw Power -- before splitting in 1974. The band eventually reformed in 2003.

Asheton remained The Stooges' drummer until 2011, when a stroke caused his temporary retirement from live performing. Asheton, along with the rest of the band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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