E Street Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Dies

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Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who was a longtime member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has died. He was 69.

The legendary musician died Saturday from complications from a stroke.

www.Brucespringsteen.net just posted this statement:

"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.

Clemons was recently seen last month performing with Lady Gaga on the season finale of "American Idol."