Iconic Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Dies

Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and the Music Industry Mourn His Loss

Posted: 06/19/2011 03:06 PM EDT

TMZ reports that legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons died of complications from a stroke he suffered back on June 12. He was 69. Previous reports cited that Clemons had suffered from other ailments through the last few years, including double knee surgery -- but recently worked on Lady Gaga's new album and even performed with her on the finale of “American Idol” last month.

NME.com reports that Gaga unveiled the video for her latest single “The Edge of Glory” which has Clemons playing on the track. It premiered on “So You Think You Can” dance last week. Gaga wished him well after his stroke and Bruce Springsteen’s website had hopeful reports that Clemons would pull through. Clemons, known to fans as the Big Man, was the most famous member of Springsteen's E Street Band. His stand out work could be heard on songs like "Born To Run," "Thunder Road," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Dancing In The Dark" and countless others.

 

Showbiz.com reported that when Clemons fell ill on June 12, members of his band were “advised to get down to Florida as soon as possible" to see him. He was "said to be seriously ill after the stroke at his home in Florida." Clemons was married five times and had four sons, Clarence III, Charles, Christopher and Jarod.

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