Clarence Clemons Dead at 69
Clarence Clemons, longtime saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, passed away last night, June 18. The musician had been in the hospital for the past few days fighting for his life after suffering a massive stroke. Although doctors thought he may pull through after undergoing brain surgery, Clemons died from complications brought on by the stroke.
Clemons first started playing saxophone at the age of 9, and began playing with Bruce Springsteen in his late 20s. He became a fixture in the E Street Band, with a style and persona that was as recognizable as The Boss himself.
More recently, Clemons also collaborated with Lady Gaga on 'Born This Way,' lending his signature sax sound to two of her songs -- 'Hair' and 'The Edge of Glory.' Clemons was also featured in the New York City-themed music video for the latter, which premiered just a few days ago. Gaga was very concerned after her friend suffered the stroke, and she (along with her fans) even made a "get well" video for Clemons.
Clemons will forever be missed, but as Bruce Springsteen said in a statement, "His life, his memory and his love will live on in that story and in our band." Rest in peace.
Watch the Lady Gaga 'The Edge of Glory' Video Feat. Clarence Clemons