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The Boss bids farewell to the Big Man in Palm Beach



Bruce Springsteen/AP photo

Bruce Springsteen, shown above with wife Patti Scialfa, eloquently eulogized his friend of more than four decades and E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons Tuesday at a private funeral at a small church in Palm Beach.

The roughly two-hour service for the 69-year-old Clemons, known as the Big Man and Springsteen’s main foil onstage over their long careers, was at the Royal Poinciana Chapel on this manicured island of the rich and famous. Springsteen, among those delivering eulogies, spoke of his long kinship with Clemons, according to those leaving the church.

Singer Jackson Browne and members of the E Street Band, including guitarist Steven Van Zandt and Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, also were on hand. Miami Heat General Manager Pat Riley was seen leaving the church, which is beside the historic estate of tycoon Henry Flagler and nearby the tony Breakers hotel.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:15pm]


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