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E Street Saxonphonist Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons is seriously ill in Florida

Multiple reports suggest that Bruce Springsteen's close friend and long time bandmate suffered a massive stroke at his home in Florida over the weekend.

The severity of the situation is yet to be confirmed, but (who were the first to break the story) report that Clemons' E Street bandmates have been told to head to Florida.

Clemons has gone through a series of medical ailments - mostly involving his back and knees - over the past decade. He hasn't missed any concerts, but the conditions caused him to suffer a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort. "That last tour was hell," Clemons told Rolling Stone in February. "Pure hell." In the past year Clemons had both knees replaced and spinal fusion surgery. "The timing was perfect because it didn't interfere with a lot of stuff that was going on in my life," he says. "It made me stronger, and for the past year I've been in physical therapy a few days a week working my ass off to get back in shape. I'm walking better now, though I still use a cane and crutches. But now I'm having hip problems again. I don't know why."

He last played with the E Street Band at Asbury Park in December.

Our thoughts are with Clarence and his family at this time and we'll be sure to bring you any news as it emerges.

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