Bruce Springsteen Band Mate Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons, longtime saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, has suffered a “massive” stroke, according to the band’s most respected fan site, Clarence Clemons reportedly fell ill at his home in Florida on Sunday.

Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen

The news of Clemons’ illness was first reported by The site broke the news that Bruce Springsteen’s saxophonist had suffered a stroke at home and had been taken to the hospital.

Clemons has reportedly undergone two brain surgeries but is “responsive and in stable condition,” according to “He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he’s squeezing with his left hand,” an unidentified friend said, according to the site. “The next five days will still be critical. But he’s a fighter.”

An original member of the E Street Band, Clarence Clemons is also the oldest member at 69. Fans of American Idol were lucky enough to hear Clemons in action when he played with Lady Gaga during the season finale. Clemons also appears on Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way.

Lady Gaga sent out a plea on her Twitter feed Monday morning saying: “my very close friend + musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick. Can we all make some get well videos?”

Clemons’ nephew Jake, also a saxophonist, posted a message on his Facebook page telling friends and fans: “Please do not lose hope!”

Bruce Springsteen Cancels Concert After Cousin Found Dead

Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in Kansas City scheduled for Monday night after his cousin, Lenny Sullivan, was found dead in a hotel room just hours before the show was set to begin. Sullivan, 36, worked as the assistant road manager for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the past 10 years.


A statement on Springsteen’s site paid tribute to Sullivan on Tuesday: “A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family… Bruce and the Band deeply appreciate the understanding of our Kansas City audience and look forward to returning at the earliest opportunity.”

Lenny Sullivan was found dead in his room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City only a few hours before the concert start time. Kansas City police are investigating the death, but so far are reporting there is nothing suspicious.

Springsteen is still expected to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Free Spooky Song From Springsteen!

Bruce Springsteen, Nashville TN, August 2008

Bruce Springsteen has put a free scary song download on his official website, just in time for Halloween! It’s called “A Night With The Jersey Devil.” Apparently The Boss can’t put on his usual Halloween extravaganza because it’s become too popular! He’s giving you a free download instead. So, go getcha tune! Happy Halloween!