Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons
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Clarence Clemons performs during the first show of the "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band" 2002-2003 world tour at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, August 7, 2002.

The E Street Band saxophonist is reported to be "seriously ill" after suffering a stroke at his home in Florida.

Rolling Stone is confirming earlier reports that saxophonist Clarence Clemons has suffered a stroke at his home in Florida. He is said to be "seriously ill."

The longtime member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band has weathered a series of ailments over the last decade and, after undergoing knee and back surgery last year, was confined to a wheelchair on and off. He hasn't performed with the E Street Band since their last shows in December 2010 but appears on two songs on Lady Gaga's just released album Born This Way, including the current single "Edge of Glory."

Gaga producer Fernando Garibay recently spoke to THR about getting the 69-year-old horn legend to record a solo for the song in New York City. "It was magical," said Garibay. "He found his pocket and we ended up keeping the first take. Clarence is brilliant." 

Clemons joined Gaga for a performance of the song on the American Idol season 10 finale last month. See the clip below.