*Several media outlets are reporting that Clarence Clemons, the famous saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke.
The news was broken by entertainment gossip website showbiz411.com, which said Clemons was “seriously ill” after suffering the stroke Sunday at his Florida home. A person who has worked with Clemons in the past confirmed the stroke to the AP, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on the matter.
The person had no additional information on Clemons’ condition.
Clemons, 69, began his run with Springsteen in 1971. He’s had notable solos on such tunes as “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road” and “Badlands.” He was dubbed “Big Man,” which was also the title of a 2009 memoir he co-wrote with Don Reo.
Away from the E Street Band, Clemons enjoyed a hit single in 1985 with “You’re a Friend of Mine,” a duet with Jackson Browne. He also dabbled in acting, and worked with other artists including Ringo Starr, Aretha Franklin and Lady Gaga.
Clemons underwent double knee-replacement surgery in 2008, and walked for the first time in three months when Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Super Bowl early in 2009.