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An official statement regarding the death of Stooges lead guitarist Ron Asheton, reported early yesterday (January 6) has been made by Iggy Pop and the band, management and crew.

Asheton was found dead at home, aged 60, possibly from a heart attack, although autopsy results are still due.

The official statement reads: “We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron’s death. He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable. He will be missed.

For all that knew him behind the façade of Mr Cool & Quirky, he was a kind-hearted, genuine, warm person who always believed that people meant well even if they did not.

As a musician Ron was The Guitar God, idol to follow and inspire others. That is how he will be remembered by people who had a great pleasure to work with him, learn from him and share good and bad times with him.

Iggy, Scott, Steve, Mike and Crew”

Frontman Iggy Pop has also commented separately saying: “I am in shock. He was my best friend.”