Anthony Jones – Celebrity News Service Reporter
Los Angeles, CA, United States (Celebrity News Service) – After suffering a stroke on June 12, saxophonist and E Street Band member Clarence Clemons has died. He was 69.
Known as “The Big Man,” the hulking, 6-foot-tall star toured with Bruce Springsteen for four decades and lent his saxophone talents to some of his greatest hits, including “Dancing In the Dark” and “Born To Run.”
“We are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly 40 years,” Bruce Springsteen said in a statement.
“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,” Springsteen continued. “His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”
He most recently performed two tracks on Lady Gaga’s latest album, “Born This Way,” including her recent single “Edge of Glory,” which she wrote about her grandfather’s passing. He appears in the song’s newly released video.
“Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick,” she tweeted following news of his stroke. “Can we all make some get well videos?”
Clemons had suffered various ailments over the years, including double-knee replacement surgery and spinal fusion surgery. He’s also had to deal with hip and hand pain, which caused him to pull out of a performance at the NBA Finals earlier this month.
Clemons also performed with his own band, the Red Bank Rockers. He also toured with Ringo Starr, the Jerry Garcia Band, and performed with artists such as Aretha Franklin.
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