by / June 15th, 2011 /

Clarence Clemons suffers stroke

Clarence Clemons, the 69 year-old saxophone-playing member of the E Street Band has suffered a serious stroke and has been hospitalised in Florida. Initial signs of recovery are encouraging. According to The Root Clemons “underwent two brain surgeries Sunday and was reportedly paralyzed on his left side after the surgeries. Groove Volt reports that sources close to Clemons – who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about his condition – said that this morning (Tuesday 15th), Clemons was squeezing with his left hand.”

Bruce Springsteen posted the following message of support on his website:

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.