Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke: Springsteen's E Street Band Saxophonist

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Legendary saxophist Clarence Clemons has suffered a stroke in Florida and members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band have been called to his bedside.

The 69-year-old has suffered health issues in the past, causing him nagging back and knee pain.  He told Rolling Stone, "That last tour was hell.  Pure hell."

He has since had a spinal fusion and two knee replacement surgeries and has been in physical therapy to regain his strength and stamina.  During his recent chat with Rolling Stone, he was sure about one thing: "As long as my mouth, hands and brain still work I'll be out there doing it.  I'm going to keep going 'til I'm not there anymore.  That is what's keeping me alive and feeling young and inspired."

According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411: "This situation, as described to me this evening, sounds pretty dire.  I am told that members of the E Street Band were advised to get down to Florida as soon as possible.

The sax player recently worked with Lady Gaga on two songs from her album Born This Way.   He performed on stage with her last month at the American Idol finale.

Clemons' last gig with The Boss and the band was in December 2010 at Asbury Park's Carousel House.  Check out what he recently had to say about his life and his career below: