Saxophone player Clarence Clemons, 69, breathed his last on June 18 due to complications from the stroke he had on June 12.
Clemons, born on January 11, 1942, was an American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the saxophone.
The story of how Clemons first met Bruce Springsteen has even entered into E Street Band folklore. In concerts Springsteen would introduce The E Street Shuffle with a monologue about how they met and the event was also immortalized in Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
Clemons, who played alongside Bruce Springsteen at the E Street Band, made indelible imprints in rock and roll through evergreen hits like 'Born To Run,' 'Thunder Road,' 'Jungleland,' and 'Dancing In The Dark'.
Following is the statement of Bruce Springsteen on the death of Clemons:
It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.
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.
Following are the photos showing various facets of Clemons.