Saxophonist suffered a stroke over the weekend

Bruce Springsteen has said that “initial signs are encouraging” for his saxophone player Clarence Clemons, who suffered a stroke over the weekend (June 11–12).

Springsteen, pictured below, also said in the statement that Clemons, who has played in The E Street Band for almost 40 years, will require a good deal of care in order to fully recover.

He wrote on his official website, “By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his 
potential once again.”

He added: “He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.
 I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.”

Clemons, who also recently contributed saxophone parts to Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’, is currently being treated in hospital near his home in Florida.