Legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, best known for his nearly 40-year tenure with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, suffered a stroke yesterday at his Florida home.

Official details regarding the severity of the stroke, or Clemons' current condition, have yet to surface; predictably, the rumors have varied wildly, suggesting everything from partial paralysis to unexpectedly encouraging signs of recovery. The initial report, broken by Showbiz411 and confirmed by Rolling Stone, described Clemons as "seriously ill."

Although Clemons rose to fame as a member of the E Street Band, his list of credits is long and varied, including a series of solo albums (and "You're a Friend of Mine," a hit duet with Jackson Browne), a handful of acting credits and appearances alongside artists as varied as Ringo Starr and Lady Gaga, who enlisted his support for her latest album, 'Born This Way.'

Clemons, who is 69, has dealt with other health problems in recent years, including a spinal fusion and double knee replacement surgery.

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