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A local legend. RIP, Ron. :ohwell



I believe he owned a couple of houses a ways north of ours, but I don't know whether he lived in one of them. (edit: According to the local news story, he did.) It's weird to think that a rock legend could be one of your neighbors.

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Wow, this came out of left field. What an unfortunate time to go. RIP Ron.


I guess if there's a silver lining, it's that Mike Watt will be able to take the inspiration he's gained from working with his heroes and apply it to his own albums/performances.

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Ron Asheton's family hires private security to protect house after police stop others from removing guitars


by Art Aisner | The Ann Arbor News


Wednesday January 07' date=' 2009, 11:01 AM[/sub']


The family of deceased rock guitarist Ron Asheton changed the locks and hired private security to monitor his Ann Arbor home after people were found removing guitars from the house Tuesday afternoon, according to city police.


Asheton's sister called police after arriving at the home on Ann Arbor's west side at about 3:30 p.m. and discovered multiple people -- including Asheton's personal assistant -- loading guitars into a van, Detective Bill Stanford said.


While officers were en route to the home, dispatchers received another call from Asheton claiming she was assaulted by the assistant outside the property.


No one was injured or arrested and the assault allegation remains under investigation, Stanford said. Further details were not available this morning.


Officers returned the guitars to the family until rightful ownership is determined by either a will or probate court, Stanford said.


Police could not determine a dollar figure, but suspect the guitars are quite valuable due to Asheton's notable career. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 29th on its "100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time" list.


The lead guitarist and his brother Scott, a drummer, formed The Stooges with frontman Iggy Pop in Ann Arbor in 1967. The group's pioneering, hard-driving tunes are credited with helping form the foundations of punk rock.


Police discovered Asheton's body shortly after midnight Tuesday. Officers went to his home after Asheton's assistant reported late Monday that she had been unable to reach him for several days.


His body was found inside a bedroom. The house contained World War II memorabilia and multiple firearms, Stanford said.


An autopsy was performed Tuesday but preliminary results were not available this morning, he added. Police do not suspect foul play and it could be weeks before a cause of death will be determined as investigators await the results of toxicology tests.

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