Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies aged 64

The 2010 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony At The Waldorf Astoria In New York City

Iggy Pop has paid tribute to The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton who died on Saturday aged 64.

Scott – who retired from the band temporarily in 2011 after a stroke, but returned for their 2013 album ‘Ready to Die’ – died aged 64 due to an unspecified illness.

Scott formed The Stooges in 1967 with his older brother, guitarist Ron, who passed away in 2009, bassist Dave Alexander and Iggy, real name Jim Osterberg.

In a statement, Iggy said: “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 band’s groundbreaking self-titled 1969 debut album was followed by ‘Fun House’ a year later and 1973’s ‘Raw Power’, before the band split in 1974.

Scott went on to play in Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, the Scott Morgan Band and Dark Carnival, before The Stooges reunited in 2003 and the line-up has included a number of contributing musicians over the years.

In 2010, Iggy and the Stooges entered the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Scott was present at the induction ceremony.

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