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- Posted on Jun 18th 2011 11:30PM by Benjy Eisen
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On the Tuesday following Clemons' stroke (June 14), Springsteen issued an official statement, expressing support for his friend and encouraging all his worldwide fans to show theirs as well. Just hours after Clemons' death on Saturday, Springsteen issued another statement.
"Clarence lived a wonderful life," states Springsteen. "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. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band."
No word yet on whether or not Springsteen will continue to record and tour with the E Street Band under that name, but one thing is for certain -- Clemons will be, simply, irreplaceable.
Read Spinner's Interview With Clarence Clemons
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