Sad news to report as Steve Mackay, saxophonist with the legendary band the Stooges, has passed away at the age of 66 after being hospitalized recently in critical condition with sepsis, a complication from an infection that can cause multiple organs to fail.

Stooges frontman Iggy Pop reacted to Mackay's death with the following statement on Facebook: "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 appeared on the Stooges' 1970 album Fun House, and toured with the band that year. He also joined the band once again on two albums (2007's The Weirdness and 2013's Ready To Die) and at their live shows during their comeback in the 21st century.

Sadly, Mackay's loss follows the deaths of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton in 2009 and drummer Scott Asheton last year. Mackay also collaborated with the Violent Femmes.

We'd like to send our condolences to Steve Mackay's family, friends and bandmates.

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Watch The Stooges Performing "Fun House" in 2012