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The Stooges' Saxophonist Steve Mackay Dies At 66

12 October 2015 | 1:07 pm | Staff Writer

After reported battle with sepsis.

The Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay has sadly passed away just weeks after it was reported that he was battling sepsis. 

As Ultimate Classic Rock reports, the musician had been in a critical condition at a California hospital — he was 66 years old. 

Singer and former band member Iggy Pop took to Facebook earlier today to comment on Mackay's tragic passing. 

"Steve was a classic '60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met," Pop wrote. 

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"Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world. He was a credit to his group and his generation. To know him was to love him."

Mackay originally joined the band in 1970, though he left in the same year. He rejoined the group in 2003 and performed with them up until this year, when he became ill. 

He performed on The Stooges' sophomore album, Fun House in 1970, as well as 2007's The Wildness and Ready To Die in 2013.