Bruce Springsteen has paid tribute to his friend of more than four decades, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, at a private funeral in a Florida church.
The two-hour service for Clemons (69), known as The Big Man, who was Springsteen's main foil on stage over their long careers, was held at Palm Beach's Royal Poinciana Chapel. Faint strains of music could be heard outside the small grey church.
Clemons, who died from stroke complications on Saturday at his home in Singer Island, Florida, had suffered from numerous medical problems over the years.
He needed spinal surgery to relieve back pain and had two knee replacements.
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.
Clemons' booming saxophone solos became a signature sound for the E Street Band on many key songs, especially on Springsteen's breakthrough album in 1975, Born To Run.
In a statement posted on his internet site, Springsteen said: "Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them want to love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every time he stepped on stage."