In Passing: Clarence Clemons, saxophonist

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011

Clarence Clemons, the larger-than-life saxophone player for the E Street Band who was one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen’s life and music through four decades, has died. He was 69.

Clemons was hospitalized about a week ago after suffering a stroke at his home in Singer Island, Fla. He died of complications from the stroke, spokeswoman Marilyn Laverty said Saturday.

Known as the Big Man for his imposing 6-foot- 5-inch frame, Clemons spent much of his life with The Boss, and his booming saxophone solos became a signature sound for the E Street Band on many songs, including “Jungleland” and “Born To Run.”

James P. Hosty Jr., Oswald FBI agent

The FBI agent who many blamed for not investigating Lee Harvey Oswald more closely before President John F. Kennedy’s assassination has died. Funeral services for James P. Hosty Jr. were held Saturday in Roeland Park, Kan.

McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel said on its website that Hosty died June 10 of cancer in Kansas City, Mo. He was 86.

Many questioned Hosty’s investigation of Oswald. But Hosty said in a 2003 interview with the Kansas City Star that there was nothing he could have done to prevent the assassination given what he knew at the time.


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