E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Suffers a Stroke

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. —Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band suffered a stroke Sunday, according to several media sources.

Showbiz411.com reported last night that Clemons “is said to be seriously ill after a stroke at his home in Florida.”

An anonymous source that had worked with Clemons in the past told the Associated Press that Clemons did suffer a stroke, but could not provide any further information as to his current condition.

Showbiz411.com noted that several members of the E Street band were advised to get down to Florida as soon as possible because the situation seemed pretty dire.

The 69-year-old Clemons who began playing with Bruce Springsteen in 1971 underwent double knee-replacement surgery in 2008, and walked for the first time in three months when Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Super Bowl in early 2009.

In 1985, Clemons, who was dubbed “Big Man,” had a hit with the single “You’re a Friend of Mine,” a duet with Jackson Browne.

Clemons last performed with Springsteen in December of 2010 at Asbury Park’s Carousel House for a special web broadcast. The legendary saxophonist can also be heard on Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way and played on stage with her last month during the American Idol season finale.

Along with his musical career, Clemons enjoyed a brief acting career, appearing in a 1985 episode of “Different Strokes” and was featured as one of the three most important people in the world in the 1989 film, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures.”

No comment has yet been made from Springsteen’s camp.

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