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A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

From Elizabeth Taylor to Amy Winehouse, we pay tribute to the people whose lives touched us all

  • CLARENCE CLEMONS
 photo | Clarence Clemons

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Updated: Friday Dec 09, 2011 | 11:00 AM EST By: Eloise Parker

CLARENCE CLEMONS

Bruce Springsteen's legendary saxophonist, who died at age 69 of complications from a stroke, backed up The Boss in the E Street Band since the 1970s, playing on such hits as "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road." "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," Springsteen said in a tribute to The Big Man.