A statement from the Iggy and The Stooges camp has announced the death of founding member and Stooges drummer Scott Asheton. The messages were posted to the Stooges’ social media accounts this morning.
“My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night,” read the message from Iggy Pop on his Facebook page. “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,” continued the message in reference his to former Stooges bandmate and Scott’s brother Ron Asheton who died in 2009. “The Asheton’s have always been and continue to be a second family to me,” concluded the message.
While Asheton was featured on The Stooges’ 2013 record Ready to Die, he has been reportedly off the road since 2011, suffering an injury after the Stooges played France’s Hellfest Festival. “He was on a flight to England when all sorts of hell broke loose,” Iggy told Rolling Stone later that year. “Without proper medical attention right there he would have bought it.”
Asheton was replaced on the road by Toby Dammit, though he did get back behind the kit during the Stooges’ set at Austin City Limits in October 2012. More on this story as it develops.