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Clarence Clemons is dead; Springsteen's 'Big Man' was 69

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Clarence Clemons, "the Big Man" of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died Saturday of complications of a recent stroke. He was 69.

The saxophone player fell ill at his Florida home last Sunday and later underwent two brain surgeries. His situation appeared to be looking up Monday, according to a friend who told Springsteen magazine Backstreets that his vital signs were improving and he had some minor movement on his paralyzed left side.

Photos: Clarence Clemons, 1942-2011

"He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and healthcare professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family," Springsteen said in a statement Tuesday. Clemons reportedly took a turn for the worse later in the week.

In recent years, Clemons had suffered back and hip problems, and underwent double knee-replacement surgery in 2008. The band's eight-month world tour that year was "pure hell," he told Rolling Stone earlier this year.

Clemons, who had worked with Springsteen on and off since the early 1970s, was the man behind the E Street Band's signature sax sound, notably on the "Born to Run" album. Clemons recently collaborated with Lady Gaga, appearing on her "Born This Way" album and hitting the "American Idol" stage with Mother Monster.

In the words of the L.A. Times' Randy Lewis, Clemons  often served as "a playful and big-hearted foil" to Springsteen onstage.

Read the Los Angeles Times' full obituary here, and feel free to share your thoughts and memories in comments.

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Photo: Clarence Clemons in October 2009. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Clarence Clemons dies at 69; saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band


Clarence Clemons suffers a stroke at home in Florida

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Clarence Clemons was said to be stable and responsive Monday after suffering a stroke Sunday at his Florida home. The longtime saxophone player with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band reportedly has undergone two brain surgeries.

"Yesterday, it did not look good at all," a Clemons friend told the Springsteen magazine Backstreets on Monday. "Today... miracles are happening. His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him. He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he's squeezing with his left hand."

News that "the Big Man" had a stroke was first reported Sunday night by Showbiz 411. In the past year Clemons had both knees replaced and undergone spinal fusion surgery, Rolling Stone said.

The 69-year-old Clemons, who has worked with Springsteen on and off since the early 1970s, is the man behind the E Street Band's signature sax sound, notably on the "Born to Run" album. Clemons recently collaborated with Lady Gaga, appearing on her "Born This Way" album and hitting the "American Idol" stage with Mother Monster.

"When the change was made uptown / and the Big Man joined the band / from the coastline to the city all the little pretties raise their hands," featuring a signature Clemons sax blast in the middle, are lyrics from the "Born to Run" album's tune "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" -- not a hit single commercially but for years a Springsteen concert staple. When band members are introduced, Springsteen always saves the Big Man for last.

Members of the E Street Band had been advised to head to Florida as fast as possible, according to Showbiz 411. Clemons is the oldest member of the group.

"Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick," Lady Gaga tweeted Monday. "Can we all make some get well videos?"

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Photo: Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen in 2009. Credit: Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune


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