>Earlier tonight a little bit of the music died with the passing of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons from complication of the stroke that he suffered yesterday.
Springsteen issued the following statement which is posted on his website:
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.
Bruce Springsteen said of Clarence: 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.
This is one of my favorite songs of his which featured Jackson Browne and then girlfriend Darryl Hanna.
The big man will be missed!