Clarence Clemons Passes Away

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Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophonist from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has died after suffering a stroke earlier this month. He was 69.

Known as The Big Man, the 6'4" former college football player was a rock and roll mainstay as one of The Boss' right hand men for decades.

His sax can be heard on "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out," "Born to Run," "Thunder Road," "Dancing in the Dark" and countless other Springsteen hits.

Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen

He released several solo albums and appeared in various TV series ranging from Diff'rent Strokes and Nash Bridges to The Simpsons and The Wire.

He performed last month with Lady Gaga on the season finale of American Idol, and can be seen in her just-released video for "The Edge of Glory."

Clemons had dealt with a series of medical problems over the past decade, including having both of his knees replaced and spinal fusion surgery.

After an early improvement from the stroke he suffered, things took a turn for the worse and he passed away yesterday. He will be missed.

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To:The Clemons Family, Thank you for sharing The Sax Man with us through the years. Whether he was playing for the introduction of "Freeway of Love" for Aretha or rocking with Bruce and The E Street Band singing "Glory Days", Clarence was a powerful presence. His music will live on. May you all find peace and comfort in your hearts at this time!!

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Met and had jammed with Clarence about 13 years ago at the Steven Talkhouse in the Hamptons....he was really nice and down to earth,and of course he played like a monster! The fact that he was willing to play with a bunch of local musicians shows what a genuine person he was.