Steve MacKay, the hard-charging tenor saxophonist who brought horns to punk rock with Iggy and the Stooges and the Violent Femmes, has died. He was 66. Punk icon Iggy Pop, frontman of The Stooges, announced MacKay’s death on Facebook. “Steve was a classic ‘60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met,” Pop wrote. “Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world.”–AFP

MacKay, whose date of death was not specified, had been suffering sepsis, an illness caused by the immune system’s response to an infection. MacKay was best known for The Stooges’ 1970 second album “Fun House,” in which his blaring and free-form saxophone drew comparisons to jazz greats.