Clarence Clemons, the Longtime Saxophone Player for Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band, died Saturday of complications from a stroke he suffered on June 12. He was 69 years old. At 6 feet and 5 inches he was called “the Big Man with the big horn.”
He was born in Norfolk, Va. and was the son of a Baptist minister. He attended Maryland State College on both a football and music scholarships.
On his website, Bruce Springsteen called the loss “immeasurable.”
“Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage,” Sprinsteen said.
“His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”
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