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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Clarence Clemons suffers stroke; Lady Gaga tweets support


The E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons (LUCAS JACKSON - REUTERS)
Clarence Clemons, the longtime saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, suffered a massive stroke at his Florida home Sunday, according to a Springsteen fan site.

Backstreets.com reported that Clemons, 69, underwent two brain surgeries at a Florida hospital and was “responsive and in stable condition.” Band members were reportedly told to travel to Florida as soon as they could.

But now the site is giving the happy news that Clemons appears to be doing better than expected. An unidentified friend of Clemons told the site: “Yesterday, it did not look good at all. 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 paralyzed 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.”

While Clemons is best known for working with “The Boss,” he has also worked with Lady Gaga, who tweeted her support Monday.

Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick. Can we all make some get well videos?less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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