Stooges Saxophonist Steve Mackay Hospitalized with Life-Threatening Infection

Stooges Saxophonist Steve Mackay Hospitalized with Life-Threatening Infection
Steve Mackay, the freeform saxophonist most famous for playing on the Stooges' iconic Fun House album, is currently in critical condition and battling a life-threatening infection in a California hospital room.

KQED reports that 65-year-old Mackay was taken to Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA, on Monday night (September 7) to be treated for sepsis, a condition brought on by an infection that can cause organs to fail. He was transferred to the ICU the next day and remains in critical condition.

Stooges guitarist James Williamson, who had recently had Mackay guest on his Re-Licked solo LP, issued a statement noting: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and (his wife) Patti for the best possible outcome."

Williamson added: "Steve was always an important part of our band's live sound, and last year I worked with him again when he played on a couple of songs on my solo album. His expression was always unique."

In addition to appearing on 1970's Funhouse, Mackay's saxophone can also be heard supporting the Stooges on 2007's The Weirdness and 2013's Ready to Die. Mackay has also worked with the Violent Femmes and has issued his own solo LPs.