Bruce Springsteen sends message of support to Clarence Clemons

Springsteen says the E Street Band saxophonist, who suffered a stroke last week, is improving but needs 'much care and support'

Bruce Springsteen has issued his first statement since Sunday's news that E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons had suffered a stroke. Clemons's condition is improving, Springsteen advised, but requires "much care and support" if he is to fully recover.

"By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke," Springsteen said. "While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and healthcare professionals and is surrounded by friends and family."

Fans can send their wishes to Clemons by email, at notestoclarence@clarenceclemons.com.

These comments are consistent with unofficial accounts earlier this week, including the report that Clemons was responsive but partially paralysed on his left side. "Yesterday, it did not look good at all," a "close friend" said on Monday. "Today miracles are happening. His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him. He was paralysed on his left side, but now he's squeezing with his left hand. This is the best news we've heard since [the stroke] happened – it's nothing short of miraculous. The next five days will still be critical. But he's a fighter."

Rolling Stone magazine has also shared details from a February interview with Clemons, following news that he appears on Lady Gaga's latest album. "[My health is] good," Clemons said. "Something like this [playing with Lady Gaga] makes me feel a lot better." The saxophonist had recently undergone spinal surgery and had both of his knees replaced. "What else is left to replace?" he joked. "I got everything just about covered now."

Clemons turned 69 in January.

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Sean Michaels

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