[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Clarence Clemons[/lastfm], Bruce Springsteen’s longtime saxophone player, died today at age 69 from complications following a stroke he had suffered about a week ago. He had suffered from numerous ailments over the last few years. His health did seem to be improving. Just last month, he performed with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] on the season finale of American Idol.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports that: “Springsteen’s oft-told story of his initial meeting with Clemons felt Biblical: with a lightning storm raging outside, the Big Man tore the door off an Asbury Park club, strode onstage, and made magic.”
Clemons was born in Norfolk, Va., to a Baptist minister who had no love for rock ‘n’ roll. He got a saxophone at age 9, and when a car accident ruined his football career after college, he dedicated himself to music. Clemons was 69 years old.