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.
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.