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Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke, Responsive After Surgery

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Update: R.I.P. Clarence Clemons (1942-2011)

Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, a longtime member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and a recent Lady Gaga collaborator, has suffered a stroke. According to Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411, Clemons is at his home in the Singer Island section of Riviera Beach.

"I am told that members of the E Street Band were advised to get down to Florida as soon as possible," Friedman writes. Lady Gaga has tweeted her support too.

UPDATE: Billboard.com reports that Clemons is responsive and in stable condition.

Clemons has made a name for himself nationally for his work on classic Springsteen tracks, most notably "Born to Run." According to RollingStone.com, he last performed with the E Street Band back in December.

As recently as last week, Clemons was set to perform -- in this case, game two of the NBA Finals. A hand injury kept him out of the gig, however. As a South Florida resident, Clemons frequently takes part in local shows, including charity events like the yearly Clarence Clemons Classic.

His sax prowess was also put to work on Lady Gaga's Born This Way. During her stop at the BankAtlantic Center earlier this year, she performed one of their collaborations, "Edge of Glory," and dedicated it to him.

We wish Clemons the best at this time and will update this story when we receive more information.


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