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- Posted on Jun 13th 2011 10:01AM by Dan Reilly
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UPDATE 3: A friend of Clemons' tells Backstreets.com that the saxophonist "was paralyzed on his left side, but now he's squeezing with his left hand. This is the best news we've heard since [the stroke] happened - it's nothing short of miraculous. The next five days will still be critical. But he's a fighter."
UPDATE 2: FOX 5 reports that Clemons is paralyzed on the left side of his body.
UPDATE: According to Backstreets.com, Clemons is in stable condition and responsive after undergoing two brain surgeries.
Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, suffered a stroke on Sunday, June 12, at his home in Florida. According to Showbiz 411, the 69-year-old, aka "Big Man," is "seriously ill."
In addition, the site reports that "members of the E Street Band were advised to get down to Florida as soon as possible." Clemons had suffered from several health problems in recent years, including a spinal ailment and a condition that led to double knee surgery, which left him performing from a wheelchair for a time.
Clemons had been recovering and last performed with Springsteen in December at a special concert in Asbury Park, N.J. He has been with E Street for nearly 30 years and first recorded with Springsteen on the rocker's debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.' In May, Clemons performed with Lady Gaga, whose album he also makes an appearance on, during the season finale of 'American Idol.'
Get well soon, Big Man.
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