Obituaries

Bruce Springsteen's 1,658-Word Eulogy for Clarence Clemons

Last week, Bruce Springsteen and many others paid their respects to departed E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons at a funeral service held at Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach. The Big Man passed away at age 69 a few days prior at his Singer Island home following complications from a stroke.

The service included musical tributes and speeches, including a heartfelt one from Springsteen himself. "I leaned on Clarence a lot; I made a career out of it in some

ways," he said in a tour-de-force eulogy, which has been reprinted on the Boss's website. The talk describes Clemons' nonlinear approach to life, the "Temple of Soul" he created around him, the racism he faced, and "THE NEXT BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES EVEN THOUGH HE'S DEAD." It's an entertaining read, and something with emotional depth I'm sure we'd all like to have after we pass. Read it below.

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