Clarence Clemons Recovering from Stroke, Now in Stable Condition
According to reports, sax great Clarence Clemons, who suffered a stroke over the weekend, was paralyzed on the left side of his body but is now somewhat responsive and in stable condition.
Bruce Springsteen fan site Backstreets.com says it has confirmed through sources that the Big Man is recovering from two brain surgeries in a Florida hospital. He was described as "seriously ill" after initially suffering the stroke, so this new report sounds like better news.
Reports surfaced this morning suggesting that Clemons was paralyzed on the left side of his body. But a friend of the sax player told Backstreets that Clemons is now squeezing his left hand:
"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."
Clemons has been an integral part of Springsteen's E Street Band for decades and experienced a resurgence in popularity when he provided the solo on Lady Gaga's 'The Edge of Glory' and performed it live with her on 'American Idol.'
The 69-year-old musician has also dealt with hip, back and knee issues in recent years. Music fans around the world continue to wish Clemons the best.
Watch Clarence Clemons Perform with Lady Gaga on 'American Idol'