Clarence Clemons Suffers a Stroke

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Clarence Clemons, a mainstay in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, suffered a stroke last night.

Reports say the saxophonist known as "The Big Man" fell ill at his home Florida. Not much is known about the 69-year old's condition, but entertainment journalist Roger Friedman describes it as "serious."

Clemons has been in the news recently for musical reasons: he performed with Lady Gaga on the season finale of American Idol and is featured on the track "Edge of Glory."

He was also scheduled to play the national anthem prior to Game Two of the NBA Finals, but a hand injury forced him to back out.

An original member of Springsteen's iconic group, the rocker gave Clarence a shout-out in the song "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out," crooning: "When the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band/From the coastline to the city all the little pretties raise their hands."

Here's to a big recovery by The Big Man.

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Oh my, all my best wishes to Clemons for a recovery! Bruce and the E street band (long before the much miss understood "Born in the USA" launched Bruce alone into pop stardom) are total icons and Clemons was a huge part of that. The E Street Band is amazing and has such a unique sound that I encourage anyone to listen to the music they put out back in the day. It will move you. Best wishes Clarence, you are a true talent and icon, we love you!!