Scott Asheton, drummer and founding member of the influential rock band the Stooges, passed away on Sunday at the age of 64.
According to frontman Iggy Pop announced his death on an online post. No cause has been indicated. Asheton helped formed the Stooges in 1967, alongside Pop, bassist Dave Alexander, and brother Ron on guitar. He was a part of the band through the band’s three classic albums; the 1969 self-titled debut, 1970’s Fun House, and 1973’s Raw Power. Some of the best known songs included “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, “No Fun”, and “Search and Destroy". He parted ways with the band, following their breakup in 1974, but played with ex-members including Pop. He also played drums for other bands including the Scott Morgan Band.
Asheton rejoined the Stooges in 2003, for a fourth album The Weirdness in 2007. He had previously suffered a stroke in 2011, which caused a temporary retirement. However he kept performing until his death. Asheton has been considered to be one of the three most consistent member of the Stooges along with Pop and his brother Ron, who died in 2009 following a heart attack. Alongside with the band, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.