Rolling Stone is reporting that Clarence Clemons, iconic saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke at his home in Florida. Clemons is currently hospitalized and was initially reported as “seriously ill,” but nj.com has updated this story with reports that Clemons is “responsive and in stable condition” after two brain surgeries. A “close friend” tells Springsteen fansite Backstreets.com that “He [Clemons] was paralyzed on his left side, but now he’s squeezing with his left hand.”
Unfortunately, this incident is the latest in a string of health problems that Clemons has dealt with over the past several years. Clemons recently had both of his knees replaced as well as spinal fusion surgery. But Clemons has stayed busy regardless, even appearing on two tracks on Lady Gaga’s recently released Born This Way, as well playing with her on the 2011 season finale of American Idol (video below). Here’s hoping the Big Man pulls through.