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Clarence Clemons Dies

6/19/2011 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons died today of complications from a stroke he suffered back on June 12. He was 69. 

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Clemons, known to fans as the Big Man, was the most famous member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. His music cut through on songs like "Born To Run," "Thunder Road," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," and "Dancing In The Dark"... and on and on.

Bruce Springsteen released a statement, saying, "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. 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."

The statement continued, "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."

Clemons was married five times and had four sons --  Clarence III, Charles, Christopher and Jarod.


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john5oregon    

How sad. :(

1037 days ago
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ShelNJ    

RIP Big Man you were the best...Bruce wouldn't have been as big without you.

1037 days ago
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thestupid    

Awwww man :(
Heard he was a nice man. Very talented, that much is certain!

1037 days ago
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Gregg    

R.I.P to one of the Greats !!!!! Thanks For The Memories .

1037 days ago
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snowcat    

Wow,what horrible news.The big man was a hell of a musician,contributing to many more artists than just Springsteen.

RIP Mr Clemons

1037 days ago
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M.T.    

Class and true talent, they don't make them like that anymore. Rest in Peace Big Man...

1037 days ago
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JC Sicily    

RIP, big man. Harps sound great with bluesy sax.

1037 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

..aaaaaawwwwwwwww...so sad to here this !

1037 days ago
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flora68    

Rest in Peace, Big Man. You will not be forgotten.

1037 days ago
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mannequin    

Oh.... so sad. Clarence made me smile so many times with that incredibly deep voice and soulful playing. Sympathies to his family and all those that loved him.

1037 days ago
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Roger    

Saddest of news today. My heart goes out to Clarence's family, friends, The E Street Band and all those who were touched by The Big Man's music and life. Tonight I will be hearing your music in my heart and forever it will be with me in my ears, my life and my soul.

1037 days ago
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Yoo Suk Tu    

I saw Bruce at the Meadowlands in 1985, OMG, what a show! I've always been a Clarence fan since "Born to Run." Too bad the Justin Bieber/Britney/Madonna die hard fans have no idea who Bruce or Clarence Clemons is. Duh.... "Anything older than 2010 is lame." ******* dumb bastard commercial AI loving teens nowadays!

1037 days ago
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Dave    

Out In The Street"

Put on your best dress baby
And darlin', fix your hair up right
Cause there's a party, honey
Way down beneath the neon lights
All day you've been working that hard line
Now tonight you're gonna have a good time

I work five days a week girl
Loading crates down on the dock
I take my hard earned money
And meet my girl down on the block
And Monday when the foreman calls time
I've already got Friday on my mind

When that whistle blows
Girl, I'm down the street
I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
When I'm out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I'm out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk
When I'm out in the street
When I'm out in the street

When I'm out in the street, girl
Well, I never feel alone
When I'm out in the street, girl
In the crowd I feel at home
The black and whites they cruise by
And they watch us from the corner of their eye

But there ain't no doubt, girl, down here
We ain't gonna take what they're handing out
When I'm out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I'm out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk
Baby, out in the street I don't feel sad or blue
Baby, out in the street I'll be waiting for you

When the whistle blows
Girl, I'm down the street
I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
When I'm out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I'm out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk

When I'm out in the street
Pretty girls, they're all passing by
When I'm out in the street
From the corner, we give them the eye

Baby, out in the street I just feel all right
Meet me out in the street, little girl, tonight
Meet me out in the street
Meet me out in the street

THANK YOU BIG........RIP

1037 days ago
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kaitlin    

So very sad. He will be missed by so many.....

1037 days ago
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Truth    

RIP Big Man... sad.

1037 days ago
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