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Stooges' Steve Mackay in Hospital, Listed in Critical Condition

Steve Mackay, the saxophone player for the Stooges, is in critical condition in a Daly City, CA hospital.

According to KQED, Mackay was admitted to Seton Medical Center Monday night with a life-threatening infection and is now being treated for sepsis with is a complication that can cause multiple organ failure.

Guitarist James Williamson said "I had exchanged emails with Steve earlier in the year about his health, and he had been upbeat about his prognosis and was even going out on tour to China. We are so very sorry about this turn for the worst… Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and Patti for the best possible outcome. 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; it was all his own."

Mackay had two stints with the Stooges. The first, in 1970, saw him participate in the album Fun House and tour with the band. He rejoined in 2003 when the band played the Coachella Festival and has been with them since.

Post Stooges, he played with Commander Cody, the Violent Femmes, Snakefinger, Smegma, Zu, Andre Williams and other bands.