Iggy Pop says he would rather be eaten by a shark than die in an old people's home.

The 66-year-old Stooges frontman ''seriously'' hates the idea of entering into ''assisted living'' as a pensioner and claims he would prefer to be eaten alive by a shark.

Iggy told Playboy magazine: ''I have a beach house in the Cayman Islands, where there are sharks. When I go swimming I think, 'Boy, a shark attack would solve a lot of problems'.

''I seriously do not want to go into assisted living or a nursing home, so I'm hoping for a shark attack. That would be good.''

Iggy's comments come after Stooge's drummer Scott Asheton was found dead on Sunday (16.03.14).

Scott - who retired from the band temporarily in 2011 after a stroke, but returned for their 2013 album 'Ready to Die' - died aged 64 due to an unspecified illness.

Scott formed The Stooges in 1967 with his older brother, guitarist Ron, who passed away in 2009, bassist Dave Alexander and Iggy, real name Jim Osterberg.

Iggy said: ''Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton's have always been and continue to be a second family to me.''

Meanwhile, Iggy has began a new role as a host on BBC 6 Music where he is covering Jarvis Cocker's Sunday afternoon spot while the Pulp singer is on hiatus.