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'Encouraging' signs for E Street sax man Clarence Clemons after stroke

By Alan Duke, CNN
  • Clemons suffered a "serious stroke," Bruce Springsteen says
  • He's played with Springsteen's band since 1972
  • Statement offers few details about stroke or treatment

(CNN) -- "Initial signs are encouraging" for legendary rock saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who suffered a "serious stroke" last weekend, bandmate Bruce Springsteen said Tuesday.

Springsteen's statement, issued through his publicist, disclosed few details about Clemons' stroke or treatment.

"While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again," Springsteen said. "He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family."

Clemons, 69, has played sax in Springsteen's E Street Band off and on since 1972.

CNN's Denise Quan contributed to this report.