Clarence Clemons Dies From Stroke
Famed saxophonist and longtime member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Clarence Clemons died Saturday from complications of a stroke. He was 69 years old.
Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke a week ago, and now sadly the renowned saxophonist has lost his health battle. Clemons has died at 69 years old.
Although Bruce Springsteen issued a statement saying Clemons appeared to be improving, the saxophonist took a turn for the worse on Saturday.
A statement on Bruce Springsteen's website reads:
Clemons played with the E Street Band since 1972 after a dramatic initial first meeting with Bruce Springsteen immortalized in the song Tenth Avenue Freeze Out. His saxophone became a defining sound of the band. Clemons recalled their first meeting in an interview:
"One night we were playing in Asbury Park. I'd heard the Bruce Springsteen Band was nearby at a club called the Student Prince and on a break between sets I walked over there. On-stage, Bruce used to tell different versions of this story but I'm a Baptist, remember, so this is the truth. A rainy, windy night it was, and when I opened the door the whole thing flew off its hinges and blew away down the street. The band were on-stage, but staring at me framed in the doorway. And maybe that did make Bruce a little nervous because I just said, 'I want to play with your band,' and he said, 'Sure, you do anything you want.' The first song we did was an early version of Spirit in the Night. Bruce and I looked at each other and didn't say anything, we just knew. We knew we were the missing links in each other's lives. He was what I'd been searching for. In one way he was just a scrawny little kid. But he was a visionary. He wanted to follow his dream. So from then on I was part of history."
Clarence Clemons played with dozens of other acts, most recently on the new Lady Gaga track The Edge of Glory -- he's even featured in the '80s-inspired Edge of Glory video -- and popped in on the American Idol finale to play with the pop star. Earlier this week Lady Gaga implored her fans to pray for her friend.
Clarence Clemons was married five times and leaves behind four sons, Clarence III, Charles, Christopher and Jared.
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