Bandleader Iggy Pop posted a heartfelt message on the band's Facebook page in memory of Mackay
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Steve Mackay, saxophonist for Iggy and the Stooges, has died at the age of 66.

Iggy Pop posted a message on the Stooges’ Facebook page on Sunday in memory of Mackay, writing that, “Steve was a classic ’60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone her met. Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world … To know him was to love him.”

In September, KQED reported that Mackay was in critical condition in a Daly City, California, hospital, where he was taken to be treated for sepsis, “a complication of an infection that can cause multiple organs to fail.”

Mackay played on three of the Stooges’ albums and also collaborated with several other bands, including the Violent Femmes, Snakefinger and Commander Cody. He first appeared on the Stooges’ 1970 album Fun House, which Rolling Stone has called one of the greatest albums of all time.

Mackay is the third member of the Stooges to die in the past decade, following guitarist Ron Asheton and drummer Scott Asheton.