Clarence Clemons, legendary saxophone player with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke. The musician is reportedly “seriously ill” but is said to be in “a stable and responsive” condition.
Clemons, 69, has undergone two knee replacements and spinal fusion surgery in the past year and has now had two brain operations. He last played with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in December 2010 in Asbury Park. He also features on two songs from Lady Ga Ga’s new album, Born This Way.
An official statement from Bruce Springsteen posted to his official website reads:
“By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.
I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.”