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OTRC: Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies at age 64, mourned by Iggy Pop

Scott Asheton, known as the drummer of the punk rock group the Stooges, has died at the age of 64.

The Associated Press reports that Asheton's publicist confirmed the musician passed away on Saturday, March 15. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Asheton was mourned by fellow rocker Iggy Pop, who performed with Asheton as Iggy and the Stooges, on his official Facebook page, who referred to the drummer as being like a brother to him.

"My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night," Pop wrote. "Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more mean than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron [Asheton] 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," he concluded.

The Stooges rose to fame in the late 1960s and have been regarded as one of the greatest rock groups of all time. Though commercially unsuccessful, their music has been noted as revolutionizing the punk rock era, contributing to influences later heard in alternative and heavy metal genres of rock music.

(Pictured above: Scott Asheton performs with Iggy and The Stooges at The Palladium in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Credit: AP Photo / Katy Winn)

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