Clarence Clemons' Condition 'Encouraging,' Bruce Springsteen Says

The Boss says his E Street Band saxophonist 'will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again.'

After suffering a stroke on Sunday, Clarence Clemons is making a recovery. The sax player's longtime friend, Bruce Springsteen shared news of the E Street Band member's condition on Monday.

In a statement to MTV News, the Boss said, "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."

Springsteen, who has been working with Clemons for nearly four decades, went on to thank his fans for all of their well-wishes. "I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern," he said. "This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights."

Lady Gaga, who featured Clemons on her Born This Way track "Edge of Glory," asked her Little Monsters to send the musician some love via video messages on Monday. And Gaga took to Twitter again to share her feelings about the saxophonist. "In bed with Mommy thinking about Clarence, I can't wait for you to see the beautiful video we made together," she wrote. "He's a really special person." (At press time, there were still no details about when the video will be released.)

A rep for Springsteen noted that a special email address has been created for fans to send get-well wishes Clemons' way. They can send messages to The rep added, "It is for notes only and not an information site and no one will be able to respond right now."

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