6/18/11 E Street Band sax player, Clarence Clemons, passed away tonight, 92ZEW learned from VH1. Clemons suffered a stroke last week and seemed to be doing a little better as of Thursday.
Our condolences to family, friends, and fans.
UPDATE Monday, 6/20/11
E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away at the age of 69 after complications from the stroke suffered June 12th.
Bruce Springsteen commented: “Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondroud 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 40 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.”
Clarence died at a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida.
>>Clemons most recently played sax on Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way. She asked fans on Twitter to send well wishes to him.
>>Clemons was a former football player and stood at six-feet, four-inches tall.
>>Clarence appeared in the film New York, New York and on Diff’rent Strokes.
Tom Morello (@TMorello): “RIP- The great Clarence Clemons. Thank you so much Big Man for sweetening the sound of our planet with your sax and your soul.”
Slash (@Slash): “Clarence Clemons was one of the finest musicians/people in this business. He will be sorely missed. RIP”
Seth Meyers (@SethMeyers21): “A Music legend in my life is gone today. Ur sound and influence will live on forever. Such sad news. RIP Clarence Clemons.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (@GovChristie): “A very sad night for Springsteen fans @ all of NJ– thx Clarence Clemons for 40 years of magical & soulful music. He will be missed forever.”
Michael Moore (@MMFlint): “RIP Clarence Clemons. So many yrs of bringing joy 2 so many of us. In 94 I spent a day cruising round NJ w/ him. Unforgettable.”
Gayle King (@GayleKing): “So Sorry to hear about Clarence Clemons. We became pals after I interviewed him last year. Thinking about his lovely wife Victoria tonight.”
Rob Lowe (@RobLowe): “Clarence Clemons was an electric, generous, sweet spirit. Taught me how to look cool with a sax. Goodbye Big Man #Legendary.”
Ralph Macchio (@RalphMacchio): “A music legend in my life is gone today. Ur sound and influence will live on forever. Such sad news. RIP Clarence Clemons.”