06/19/2011 AT 1:20 PM ET
For Bruce Springsteen, a blinding light went dark.
“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.