Bruce Springsteen Says a Sad Goodbye to Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen

Sam Emerson/Polaris

06/19/2011 AT 1:20 PM ET

For Bruce Springsteen, a blinding light went dark.

The rocker paid tribute to his longtime friend and saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died Saturday at age 69 from complications of a stroke.

“Clarence lived a wonderful life,” Springsteen, 61, said on his Web site. “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.”

Calling the loss of the E Street Band member “immeasurable,” Springsteen gave thanks to have known the towering 6’, 4” sideman he called The Big Man for nearly 40 years.


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