Bruce Springsteen on Clarence Clemons: 'His Love Will Live on in our Band'

Clarence Clemons Bruce Springsteen Stage 2009
Fred Tanneau

US rock singer Bruce Springsteen (R) and saxophonist Clarence Clemons perform on stage with the E-Street band, on July 16, 2009 in Carhaix-Plouguer, western France, on the first day of the 18th edition of the Vieilles Charrues music festival.

The leader of the E Street Band comments on Clemons, who passed away on June 18, nearly one week after suffering a stroke.

Bruce Springsteen has issued a statement following the death of his longtime friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons. The 69-year-old saxophonist played as a member of the E Street Band for nearly four decades. 

Said The Boss of The Big Man: "Clarence lived a wonderful life. 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."

Read the post from Springsteen's official site in its entirety below: 

It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.

Bruce Springsteen said of Clarence: Clarence lived a wonderful life. 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.