Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Dies

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—June 19, 2011. Clarence ‘The Big Man’ Clemons died last night due to complications from a stroke he suffered on June 12.   He was 69.

Clemons played saxophone with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1972. He also made numerous appearances as a guest musician and was featured on Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love” and Twisted Sister’s “Be Chrool to Your Scuel.”   Clemons also performed in concert with the Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In his latest project, Clemons was featured in Lady Gaga’s album “Born This Way.”

Bruce Springsteen issued the following statement:

“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. 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.”