Bruce Springsteen said band mate Clarence Clemons’ stroke was serious and he is going to need a lot of help to get back to his former self.
The Boss commented on his long-time friend and E Street Band member on his website, Twitter and Facebook.
It is the first time he has spoken since it was revealed on Sunday that the 69-year-old Clemons had suffered a stroke.
Springsteen calls the saxophonist a “beloved comrade” and described the stroke as “serious”.
He said: “Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again.”
Springsteen said Clemons is surrounded by wife Victoria, other family and friends, and thanked fans for their prayers and good thoughts.
Clemons’ family also thanked fans on Springsteen’s site and urged fans to email their well wishes to notestoclarence(at)clarenceclemons.com.
Clemons’ nephew, Jake Clemons, said on Facebook: “Keep sending the love, he feels it all!!”