May you get to heaven before the Devil knows you’re dead.

I was sad to read today on NME.com that Ron Ashton had passed away. 

I’m not gonna be the first to say it but Ron was the heart and soul of the Stooges. Ron’s guitar playing influenced a generation of guitar players and will continue to influence countless generations more. Just listen to anything off of “Funhouse”. That record proved that you didn’t have to be a wanker to be a guitar hero. It makes me especially sad that Ron had to go just has he was starting to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

Rest in peace brother, and may you get to heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

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I just saw this on the stooges webpage. Full disclosure: my father passed away in 2005 and Jan. 6th would have been his 61st birthday. That being said, this made me cry:

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

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I am in shock. He was my best friend.

Iggy Pop

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~ by chrismarchione on January 6, 2009.

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