clarence clemons
*Unfortunately we have sad news about saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. The “Big Man” died today (06-18-11) from complications from a stroke that he suffered at his home in Florida on June 12.

Even though after two brain surgeries last week when he was reported to be “responsive and in stable condition,” his condition unfortunately declined and he passed away Saturday afternoon.

Clemons, who was 69, is survived by his wife, Victoria, and four sons.

In support of his friend and bandmate for the last 40 years, Springsteen posted the message below online:

“By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again… This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.”

Read more about the life of Clarence Clemons at his Wikipedia page.