Bruce Springsteen and saxophonist Clarence Clemons. (Christof Stache/AP)

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 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.

According to a friend of Clemons quoted on Springsteen fan site,, the musician’s vital signs are continuing to improve, although he’s still being assisted by machines. Clemon’s family thanked fans for their concern and said well wishes can be sent to Clemons through the e-mail address