We've just received this official statement concerning the sad death of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton:
From The Stooges, Management and Crew
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
Personal statement from Iggy
I am in shock. He was my best friend.