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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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tanker    

My heart is breaking...I'll really miss you Big Man!

This is the perfect song to honor Clarence:

http://youtu.be/N1wg9jyvfN0

1133 days ago
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sixgun    

I would just like to say, lay in rest big man. You were one of the fortunate few to be able to transcend through many different kinds of music as well as having the ability to entertain people of every size, age, and race. Not to mention you left behind a great family with the wisdom you bestowed onto them to reach their dreams. Very well played dear sir.

1133 days ago
153.

Shady's Lady    

A big talented classy muscian, a loving friend, father and mentor. RIP

1133 days ago
154.

MeeMom02    

I cannot begin to imagine what his family, friends and the band are going through because I who never had the privilege to meet this man am at this moment inconsolable. An extraordinary talent, who will be missed incredibly so. My condolences to his family, all of his children and his other family The E Street Band...R.I.P. Clarence, thank you for sharing the your talent with us.

1133 days ago
155.

bron    

RIP Big Man xxx will remember you on Bruce's big tracks.....You are a legend..................

1133 days ago
156.

Stephen    

Very sad. As a hand drummer & drum circle facilitator involved in wellness, his early death I hope will bring more attention to wellness and aging, so more of the greats can stick around and play into their later years.

1133 days ago
157.

gayle    

A true icon in the music industry -- he will be terribly missed. YOU ROCK BIG GUY!!! RIP!!

1133 days ago
158.

BENGIE    

MEET US ALL ( FROM FREEHOLD) OUT IN THE STREET WHEN WE SEE YOU
AGAIN IN HEAVEN
THANK YOU, FOR ALL THE MEMORIES

1133 days ago
159.

lilmama    

i've never herd of this man until now...

1133 days ago
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Rosemary Kalimnios    

It is sad;We will all miss his great music.I recall the rocking tune You're A Friend of Mine, and I love it! R.I.P. "big man"

1132 days ago
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Rip Booker    

Fly high Big Man. Tears will always fill my eyes when I hear "Jungleland" as they always have, yet I'll be thinking of you takin' the show home forever. God speed

1132 days ago
162.

john    

R.I.P BIG MAN

1132 days ago
163.

ZiggyC    

A beloved talent with a big heart and infectious smile. He made that sax sing, laugh and cry beautifully. The Big Man is one of those legendary artists who will never fade from our memories because he had genuine talent and love for life. RIP Big Man.

1132 days ago
164.

Maria    

So sad to hear you're gone, rest in peace mister Clemons. I wish your family, loved ones, mister Springsteen and your E-Streeters strength to deal with this huge loss.
Thank you for the great shows, and your music and for the joy and comfort.
It'll never be the same without you.

1131 days ago
165.

Barb    

He was a great performer and will be sadly missed. When he played with the East street band...he became legend....he was always TH East SAtreet Band..to me. He will be sadly missed. thank you for the great memoies! You are a legend!!!!

1130 days ago
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