Former Stooges star Steve Mackay dies at age 66
Former Stooges star Steve Mackay dies at age 66

Former Stooges star Steve Mackay dies at age 66

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.

Mackay’s profile rose when he was recruited to work with The Stooges by lead singer Iggy Pop in 1970. He performed on their second album Fun House and briefly toured with the group that year.

He reunited with them in 2003 and continued to perform with them, before appearing on their 2007 Ready to Die and 2013 The Weirdness albums.

Mackay also performed as Carnal Kitchen with his then-wife, Annie Garcia-Mackay, during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He has also played with the Violent Femmes, Commander Cody and a number of Bay Area-based acts.

Pop has posted a tribute to the musician on Twitter, writing: “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.”


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