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Clarence Clemons, a saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street band who was known as 'The Big Man,' died at age 69 on June 18, 2011 of complications from a stroke he suffered on June 12.
'Clarence lived a wonderful life, ' Springsteen said in a message posted on his official website. '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 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,' Springsteen added. 'His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.'
(Pictured: Clarence Clemons performs in concerts in 2007 and in 2009 in these royalty-free photos, posted online by fans.)
(flickr.com/photos/micheleluconi / flickr.com/photos/manu_gt500)