E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons suffers stroke

Longtime Bruce Springsteen collaborator was taken ill at home in Florida

Clarence Clemons, saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke.

The 69 year-old musician, who has played with Springsteen for nearly four decades, was taken ill at his home in Florida over the weekend (June 11-12), according to reports. The severity of his condition is not yet clear, though Showbiz411.com claims that he is “seriously ill”.

Known as the ‘Big Man’, Clemons has been a key part in defining the sound of the E Street Band, contributing the iconic sax parts on hits like ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Thunder Road. Most recently, he turned up on Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ album, playing on tracks ‘The Edge Of Glory’ and ‘Hair’. He performed as part of her band on the recent American Idol series finale.

Last year Clemons underwent two knee replacements and back surgery, and as a result described his last tour as “pure hell” due to the pain. His last performance with the E Street Band was December. He was scheduled to perform the US National Anthem at the NBA Finals Game 2 last week, but had to pull out to due to a hand injury.