June 18th, 2011
09:30 PM ET

E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons dies

[Updated at 10:30 p.m ET] Legendary rock saxophonist Clarence Clemons died Saturday of complications from a stroke, bandmate Bruce Springsteen said. He was 69.

Clemons had played sax in Springsteen's E Street Band off and on since 1972.

"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," Springsteen said in a statement.

"His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly 40 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."

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  1. Nick

    Aww, rest in peace.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    R.I.P "Big Man". There will never be another one like you.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jerseygirl Dawn

    RIP Clarence! You were the soul of the E Street Band. I know you are playing your solo from "Jungleland" now to God!

    June 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Anne

      very well said about Clarence Clemons. So glad I got to see him again a couple of years ago....He is legendary

      June 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Oski

    Sh!t...that guy was awesome...RIP........

    June 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kat

    So sad. RIP Big Man.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Doug Shiloh

    Clarence Clemons' sax playing was unmistakable and that is what we seek in this life. RIP, Big Man. Thanks for the music. Pookoo.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. atbigfoot91

    "The poets down here don't write nuthin' at all. They just sit back and let it all be". RIP, big man.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. theclahs

    Waht`s the matthers with all of you? One of the greatest has died and no one complain? long life clarence

    June 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steve

    thank you big man for bringing us all such joy.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*mary

    Big man you will be missed terribly. You were an awesome musician. Love you

    June 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greybeard

    Another great one gone before his time. RIP, you will be missed...

    June 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*mary

    Big man, you will be missed. You were an awesome musican. Thank you. Love you.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Geri

    So so sad. We have lost a good man. Hope he and Danny Federicci are Jammng for the Lord.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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  14. Brian

    Think we seen the last of Springsteen live in concert. R.I.P. Big Man

    June 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Danny and Clarence are gone now but music lives on. Bruce will continue and so will the E Street Band. Both will be missed but life goes on for the living.

      June 19, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jfs85

    No one played the sax like Clarence. His solo's send chills down my spine. I can believe I will never hear him play with Bruce again.

    A very sad day, indeed.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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