E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons recovering from stroke
Longtime E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons is recovering from two brain surgeries following a stroke, several news sources are reporting. Although we can't find out what day this all happened, the 69-year-old is "responsive and in stable condition" after the procedures in a hospital near his part-time home on Singer Island in Palm Beach County.
The Bruce Springsteen fan site Backstreets.com has been carrying the news, which has also been reported by various other outlets. "Miracles are happening. His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him," a source said, according to Rolling Stone. "He 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."
The sax player has jammed with Springsteen for nearly 40 years, but has also worked with Ringo Starr, Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker and Roy Orbison, as well as appearing on Lady Gaga's latest album, Born The Way.
[Photo: Clemons in 2006. Getty Images]