Saturday, June 18, 2011

Springsteen sax star Clarence Clemons dies


Star saxophonist Clarence Clemons, a member of rock legend Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has died after suffering a stroke, according to US media.

The 69-year-old musician, who has had various health crises in recent years, had suffered a stroke about one week ago and undergone surgery, but died on Saturday from complications of the stroke, CBS news reported.

Springsteen expressed "overwhelming sadness" and said "Clarence lived a wonderful life.

"He gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. He was my great friend, my partner," Springsteen added in a statement on CNN.

Clemons's last appearance with Springsteen and his long-time band was in December. He also made a cameo performance on the song "The Edge of Glory" on Lady Gaga's recently released "Born This Way" album.

The son of a minister, Clemons -- nicknamed the Big Man with the Big Horn -- was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and started playing the alto saxophone at age 9.

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