Published Mar 06, 2013The family of the late Clarence Clemons is taking three Florida physicians to court in a malpractice suit, claiming the doctors could have prevented the stroke that ultimately killed "The Big Man."
As Showbiz411 reports, Clemons' brother William filed the suit against Robert J. Jacobson, David W. Dodson and Keith Meyer, as well as the Palm Beach Cancer Center, last year, but the case got clearance on February 13 to go to trial. A court date has yet been set.
The suit claims that doctors did not give Clemons any Lovenox, a short-term blood thinner, before and after a hand surgery the musician underwent to alleviate his carpal tunnel syndrome. The family believes this led to his stroke in June 2011. Clemons' widow said that she found her husband lying on the clinic's floor the day after the surgery, "confused and dysarthric (unable to speak properly)."
Following his stroke, which left him hospitalized and partially paralysed, Clemons underwent multiple brain surgeries but died June 18, 2011, at the age of 69. His nephew Jake has since taken up sax duties in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.