Almost one week after suffering a stroke, E Street Band member Clarence Clemons has died at the age of 69. Clemons reportedly underwent two brain surgeries while hospitalized.
Clemons, nicknamed the “Big Man,” was a member of the E Street Band for 40 years and appeared on Bruce Springsteen‘s debut album “Greetings from Asbury Park.” He last performed with the band in December 2010.
On June 14, Springsteen posted this message: “By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. Will all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again… This is a time for us to all share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.”
Clemons’ last appearance was on the “American Idol” season finale on May 25, where he performed “The Edge of Glory” on stage with Lady Gaga. He also appeared in the music video for the song, which released on Thursday, June 16.
“The saxophone is really an extension of me,” Clemons told All Access magazine in 2008. “It’s what I’m saying without words.”