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    Saxophonist Clemons suffers stroke
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) - Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band has suffered a stroke.

    [IMGR][/IMGR]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 the person was 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.

    But his health seemed to be improving. Just last month, he performed with Lady Gaga on the season finale of "American Idol."

    Lady Gaga tweeted Monday morning that "my very close friend + musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick. Can we all make some get well videos?"

    Drummer and music industry executive Narada Michael Walden, whom Clemons has called a close friend and spiritual adviser, replied to an email query Monday about Clemons by responding, "Love and prayers to the Big Man! He is our Hero!"

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


    Springsteen sideman Clemons suffers stroke
    Dean Goodman
    June 13, 2011

    LOS ANGELES Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has suffered a stroke, according to a pair of media reports on Sunday.

    [IMGL][/IMGL]Reuters could not confirm the reports, and late-night emails sent to publicists for Clemons and Springsteen were not answered.

    The news was broken by entertainment gossip website, which said Clemons was "seriously ill" after suffering the stroke at his Florida home. Rolling Stone magazine said it independently confirmed the stroke, but not its severity.

    Clemons, 69, started playing with Springsteen in 1971, and had notable solos on such tunes as "Born to Run," "Thunder Road" and "Badlands." He was dubbed "Big Man," which was also the title of a 2009 memoir he co-wrote with Don Reo.

    Away from the E Street Band, Clemons enjoyed a hit single in 1985 with "You're a Friend of Mine," a duet with Jackson Browne. He also dabbled in acting, and worked with other artists including Ringo Starr, Aretha Franklin and Lady Gaga.

    Clemons underwent double knee-replacement surgery in 2008, and walked for the first time in three months when Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Super Bowl early in 2009.,0,91968.story


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    He passed away last night. May he Rest in peace.
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