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OTRC: Bruce Springsteen talks about saxophonist Clarence Clemons' stroke, says 'initial signs are encouraging'

Bruce Springsteen says initial signs regarding the health of his band member Clarence Clemons are "encouraging" following the E Street Band's saxophonist recent "serious stroke."

Clemons' health incident was reported on Sunday.

"By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke," Springsteen said in a message posted on his website recently.

"While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again," the singer said. "He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family."

"Clarence's family appreciates your concern and wants to let you know that you can send him your wishes via e-mail to notestoclarence@clarenceclemons.com," the message added.

The severity of Clemons' stroke has not been revealed. Such health episodes, also called brain attacks, can lead to paralysis or even death. The musician, who is 69 and is known by fans as The Big Man, had suffered from various ailments over the last few years.

He joined the E Street Band in 1972 and has released a couple of solo albums over the course his career. His song, "You're a Friend of Mine," a duet with Jackson Browne, was a hit single in 1985.

Clemons has also made TV appearances on shows such as "The Wire," "My Wife and Kids" and "Nash Bridges."

Last month, Clemons performed with Lady Gaga on the season finale of "American Idol."

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