Scott Asheton, drummer for the Stooges, has died at the age of 64.
Asheton’s daughter, Leanna Asheton, confirmed on Monday that her father had died on Saturday March 15 of a heart attack. She said her father “was as cool as they came. His wisdom guides us on.”
Asheton was born on Aug. 16, 1949, in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife and daughter along with his stepsons Simon and Aaron.
Stooges’ frontman Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page that he’s “never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton.”
“He was like my brother,” Pop’s statement added. “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.”
Asheton was a member of the Stooges when they first got together in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The band released their self-titled debut in 1969. Scott’s older brother, Ron Asheton, the group’s guitarist, died in 2009.
Asheton suffered from undisclosed illnesses in 2011 and was unable to perform at summer music festivals in Europe with the Stooges.
After recording three albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Stooges disbanded and Pop went on to a solo career. The band reunited for 2007’s The Weirdness and Ready to Die, released last year.