The legendary saxophonist of The E Street Band, Clarence Clemons who played alongside Bruce Springsteen for almost 40 years, died after suffering a week from a stroke on June 18th.
Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for The E street Band was believed to have been unfit for a really long time before his untimely death. He had gone through a double knee surgery just before the 2009 super bowl, yet he rose from his wheel chair to perform with Springsteen. Earlier this month, he underwent two surgeries after which he was declared in serious but stable condition. Reports say he had been showing signs of recovery. However, Clemons died from complications caused by the stroke on June 18, 2011.
The whole world mourned his death on Saturday June 19th while U2, Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Clarence Clemons at the U2 show in Anaheim on the same night.
“Clarence lived a wonderful life,” Springsteen said following Saturday’s news that the 69-year-old Clemons died following complications from a stroke he suffered June 12. Springsteen added that the loss of Clemons, known as the Big Man, “is immeasurable” and that he and his bandmates “are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly 40 years. Clemons’ life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”
The last time the world saw Clemons perform was at the Season Finale of American Idol where he performed with Lady Gaga.
May his soul rest in peace.