Published Jun 13, 2011Clarence Clemons (saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) suffered a stroke over the weekend. The severity of the stroke hasn't been officially confirmed, but the star is reportedly "seriously ill."
According to Springsteen fan site Backstreets, Clemons has been hospitalized in Florida and has had two brain surgeries, but is "responsive and in stable condition." There are also online reports that Clemons is now paralysed on the left side of his body.
Clemons has been battling health issues over the years. Suffering from back and knee problems over the last decade, the last year saw the performer undergo knee replacements and spinal fusion surgery.
"The last tour was pure hell," he told Rolling Stone last February, adding, "I've been in physical therapy a few days a week working my ass off to get back in shape. I'm walking better now, though I still use a cane and crutches. But now I'm having hip problems again. I don't know why."
The sax man last played with the E Street Band in December, but has recently been playing with Lady Gaga, contributing to her latest album, Born This Way and even performing with the singer last month on the season finale of American Idol. He was scheduled to perform the U.S. national anthem before Game 2 of the NBA finals in Miami a couple of weeks ago (June 2), but a hand injury forced him to cancel at the last minute.
While info is still scant, we're hoping the Big Man pulls through.