Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died today at age 69 due to complications from the stroke that he suffered last week on June 12. According to his obituary in Rolling Stone, Clemons's illness took a turn for the worse after a few hopeful signs early in the week.
In the days since his stroke, the legendary saxophonist had received outpourings of praise from new and former fans alike, including a fairly high-profile campaign by collaborator Lady Gaga, whose recent video for "The Edge of Glory" featured Clemons. Springsteen was also among those wishing Clemons well:
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. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.
I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.
It is a colossal understatement to say Clemons will be missed, by us as well as the rest of the world. Rest in peace, Big Man.