R.I.P. Stooges Saxophonist Steve Mackay
Published Oct 11, 2015A month ago, Steve Mackay — the saxophone player best known for his work with the Stooges — was hospitalized with a life-threatening infection. Now, sadly, the 66-year-old has died.
The sax player had been ill for more than a month. On September 7, he was taken to Daly City, CA's Seton Medical Centre with sepsis, a condition brought on by infection. When reports emerged around that time, he was in critical condition.
Frontman Iggy Pop shared the following message on the Stooges' Facebook page:
Steve was a classic '60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met. 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 is most widely regarding for playing on the Stooges' second album, 1970's Fun House. He rejoined the band during their recent reunion efforts and played on 2007's The Weirdness and 2013's Ready to Die. He also helped out with Stooges guitarist James Williamson's Re-Licked solo album.
Beyond that, Mackay collaborated with a number of groups over the years, including the Violent Femmes, and he also released solo work. He is survived by his wife Patti.