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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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31.

Wade Collins    

Sorry to hear about the Big Man, he was the best. Not really a Springsteen fan anymore (he became too political and polarized)
but Clarence gave Bruce a traditional 50's rock and roll sensibility which juxtaposed the tripe arena rock of the time. Without Clarence I am not sure Bruce would have ever broke through, as Tenth Avenue Freeze Out says it all. RIP.

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32.

llachef    

Well...we really lost a good one today. Not only an incredible sax. player but an incredible person. He will be missed but never forgotten.

1118 days ago
33.

CarolynAB    

Sad news. Rest in peace, and thank you for the music.

1118 days ago
34.

mike    

A great great man has passed. I will never forget you my friend!

1118 days ago
35.

Ziggy    

Too Soon....RIP Big Man

1118 days ago
36.

winkenstein    

His tremendous talent was the only thing that offset Bruce's horrifyingly bad vocals. Godspeed, Clarence.

1118 days ago
37.

bring back recent posts    

100% Lady Gaga will mention his passing at her performance Sunday at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto...

1118 days ago
38.

mary    

RIP, will miss you......

1118 days ago
39.

QueenOfStarwars    

A legend. He'll be missed.

1118 days ago
40.

janet    

Being from Jersey, never a fan of Bruce Springsteen, you hear the songs on the radio...But what always stood out was the Sax.

R.I.P. Mr. Clemons.

1118 days ago
41.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Oh Big Man, Rest In Melody. :(


My condolences to all of his family.

1118 days ago
42.

pl    

oh no--I saw him with Springsteen in like 1975 when they first came out. My husband worked for their record company. I'll never forget the playing around that they did when they performed "Rosalita." Oh my god, I am soooo sad. What a talent and what a truly great and incredible guy. I am so honored that I got to see him in person more than once - I saw them in Nashville last year and got to take my daughter and son-in-law to see them. Love you Big Man!

1118 days ago
43.

Shadyrok     

RIP bro...

1118 days ago
44.

tlc    

So sad...So Missed, So Appreciated!!!

1118 days ago
45.

BEAVER The Puppet    

RIP BIG MAN
you were the best!!

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