Stooges guitarist dies

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Guitarist Ron Asheton of The Stooges was found dead at home today. He was 60.

Asheton's distorted guitar was a hallmark of the Iggy Pop-led group's late-1960s and early-1970s sound.

He was an original member of The Stooges, an influential protopunk band founded in 1967. His brother, Scott, was the band's drummer.

He was named the 29th greatest guitarist of all time in 2003 by Rolling Stone magazine.

Police in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said there were no signs of foul play, and the death appeared to be of natural causes.

Officers discovered Asheton after they were called to his home by friend who had not heard from him in several days.