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Clarence “Big Man” Clemons
(* 11.01.1942 in Norfolk, VA; † 18.06.2011 in Palm Beach, FL)

Clarence Clemons spielte fast vierzig Jahre an Bruce Springsteens Seite. Am vergangenem Sonntag erlitt der “Big Man” einen schweren Schlaganfall (wir berichteten hier), von dem er sich nicht mehr erholen sollte. Gestern Abend gegen 19.00 Uhr Ortszeit starb Clarence Clemons im Kreise seiner Familie.

Bruce Springsteen veröffentlichte folgenden Nachruf:

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.

CNN.com berichtet:

Springsteen sidekick, sax man Clarence Clemons dies
Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, a defining musical influence behind the sound of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, died Saturday of complications from a stroke. He was 69.
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