American saxophone player Steve Mackay has passed away at the age of 66 after a battle with sepsis. Mackay was best known for this work with Iggy Pop, with whom he recorded the seminal 1970 album Fun House and toured with up until his death. Mackay also played for Violent Femmes, where he was part of their live show horn outfit called the Horns of Dilemma. Iggy Pop issued the following statement in the wake of Mackay's passing:
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.