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Ronald Frank Asheton (July 17, 1948 – c. January 6, 2009) was an American guitarist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop for the rock band The Stooges.
Asheton is ranked as number 29 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Asheton was born in Washington D.C. He already had five years of practice on the accordion behind him when he began playing bass guitar at age 10. Asheton was lead guitarist on the Stooges' first two albums, and later appeared as bassist for their third, Raw Power, when he was replaced in both instrument and songwriting prominence by The Stooges' new guitar player, James Williamson. When the Stooges reformed, however, he once again appeared as the band's guitarist.
Apart from The Stooges, Asheton also played in the bands The New Order (not the UK band New Order), Destroy All Monsters, Dark Carnival, and New Race. More recently he played with The Wylde Ratttz, a band composed of some of punk and alt-rock's most renowned and respected musicians.
Asheton was found dead in his bed by police at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early hours of January 6, 2009, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier. Police were summoned to Asheton's house by his personal assistant, who had been unable to reach him for several days. Sonic Youth's album The Eternal is dedicated to him.