Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s iconic E Street Band, has suffered a stroke at his home in Florida, according to multiple reports.
Showbiz411, who was the first to report on Clemons’ stroke, said the musician is “said to be seriously ill,” while Rolling Stone confirmed the stroke occurred but said it did not have information on its severity.
Known as the “Big Man,” Clemons has been with the E Street Band for nearly four decades and helped define the band’s sound on such classics as “Born to Run” and “Thunder Road.” The 69-year-old underwent two knee replacements and back surgery in the last year; in an interview with Rolling Stone in February, he described his last tour with the band as “pure hell” due to pain.
Most recently, Clemons collaborated with Lady Gaga on her “Born This Way” album, playing sax on the singles “The Edge of Glory” and “Hair” and performing with the pop star on the May 25 “American Idol” season finale.
While Clemons hasn’t played with the E Street Band since December, he was scheduled to perform the National Anthem at the NBA Finals Game Two last week. However, the appearance was nixed at the last minute due to a hand injury; Clemons watched in the stands instead.
Stay tuned for more information on this story as it develops.