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The Stooges’ Dave Alexander – Rockers Who Died at Age 27

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Dave Alexander, original bassist for the Stooges, was a true punk rock pioneer. Joining forces with Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton and Ron Asheton, Alexander began to blueprint the genre of punk with his three bandmates in 1967.

Alexander can be heard in the Stooges’ self-titled debut album along with the group’s sophomore masterpiece, ‘Fun House.’ The bassist was dismissed from the Stooges after losing interest in rehearsals and being too drunk to play a hometown gig in Michigan. The bassist died of pneumonia and an inflamed pancreas in 1975 at the age of 27. Alexander’s alcohol abuse reportedly contributed to the bassist’s early demise.

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