Report: E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has suffered a stroke.

A person who has worked with Clemons in the past confirmed Sunday night that Clemons had the stroke. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. The person had no additional information on Clemons’ condition.

Clemons, 69, is known as “the Big Man” in the E Street Band and his sax has been one of the most defining elements of the band’s sound. He has suffered from numerous ailments over the last few years. He had double knee surgery and even had to perform from a wheelchair at one point.

His health seemed to be improving. Just last month, he performed with Lady Gaga on the season finale of “American Idol.”

On Monday, Lady Gaga posted on Twitter “Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick. Can we all make some get well videos?”

Clemons’ nephew, saxophonist Jake Clemons, updated his Facebook status on Monday to say: “Please do not lose Hope!”

Do you have any sentiments you’d care to share with the Big Man? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Whit

    I hope and pray the “Big Man” pulls through with flying colors.Look forward to hearing the awesome sounds from your sax.We all need you back!

  • joe

    i thought you knew it all? so why are you asking who?

  • Gail Blauner

    Hey Clarence “Big Man” Clemmons get well soon, we love you and
    Bruce and The E Street band needs you.

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  • Paul D

    God bless you Big Man! Get well brother. There will never be another like you!

  • rocky

    GET well soon dude Bruce needs u

  • gbcaldwell

    Only someone living under a buried rock for the last 40 years couldn’t know who Mr. Clemons is and at least some of his work. Only the very best wishes for a complete and speed recovery.

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  • Beth

    Get well, Big Man. XO We’re praying for you.

  • PaPa Joe

    I wish him well and a speedy and complete recovery. It’s too bad that such a wonderful talent has to be challenged like this.

  • cindylee

    i think you are with no doubt one of the best sax players of all time. May god bless you and watch over you…wishing you the best for a full recovery!!!

  • Jeffrey

    Best wishes on his recovery. A rock icon and a talented man. And to Mr. Know it all, I will assume you did not realize that he was the Sax man in Bruce Springstein’s band. Otherwise you are a nasty idiot.

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  • Jon

    Clarence’s music has been so key to so many parts of my life; I’m praying for a speedy recovery. #PrayForTheBigMan

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