Monday, June 13, 2011

Clarence Clemons recovering from stroke

Bruce Springsteen fansite Backstreets has issued an update on the status of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who suffered a stroke Sunday at his home in Florida.

The site reports that, after two subsequent brain surgeries at a Florida hospital, the good news is that Clarence is currently responsive and in stable condition, though still in a fight for his life. "If anyone can pull off the miracle, it's him," says a close friend. "He's fought back from so much before."

The latest update out of Florida has Clemons in better condition than anyone expected, a close friend tells Backstreets: "Yesterday, it did not look good at all. Today... miracles are happening. His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him. 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."

On Sunday, broke the news, reporting the Big Man “is seriously ill,” while Rolling Stone had “independently confirmed” the news.

Clemons has had a history of health problems over the past decade, and has been in physical therapy over the past year after having had both knees replaced and spinal fusion surgery.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
St. Jacob Stadium - Basel, Switzerland - July 14, 1988

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