Clarence Clemons' brother -- William Clemons -- and the father of Bruce Springsteen's current sax player, Jake Clemons -- has filed suit against his late brother's medical team. Roger Friedman's Showbiz411.com reported that the suit against the Palm Beach Cancer Center and three physicians has been approved to go forward in a jury trial. William Clemons alleges that "the medical team involved may have made a mistake by advising that Clarence off of blood thinners when he had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. By doing so, and not giving him intermediary blood thinners, they could have caused his stroke."
After Clarence's 2011 death, his widow Victoria Clemons, told Rolling Stone: "Shortly before the stroke, Clarence lost sensation in his index finger and his thumb. He had carpal tunnel surgery performed. He was seriously concerned about the ability to play sax again."
- Showbiz411.com posted that the defendants in the suit are three specialists connected to the Palm Beach Cancer Center -- Drs. Robert J. Jacobson, David W. Dodson, and Keith Meyer. The doctors are accused of not administering Lovenox, a short term blood thinner, before or after Clarence's hand surgery.
- We recently caught up with Nils Lofgren and he spoke candidly on his personal loss in the "Big Man's" death: "Yeah, it was horrible, it came out of the blue. I was on the road in England. Clarence and I had a deeper friendship offstage than on. We spoke every week -- hell, when I had both hips replaced, my first, y'know, three-block hobble with my walker and my therapist, I walked up the road to Clarence's room, where he had his knee done at the same hospital. So it was a kind of hilarious meeting of the cripples. And we both got well and toured again. But, yeah, that was an awful loss."
- Clarence Clemons died on June 18th, 2011, following complications from the massive stroke he suffered six days earlier.
- In the years leading up to his death, Clemons had both knees replaced, underwent spinal fusion surgery, and at one point had to perform in a wheelchair.
- Clemons played timeless parts in some of Bruce Springsteen's best known tracks -- including incendiary solos on "Blinded By The Light," "Growin' Up," "Spirit In The Night," "Rosalita," "Born To Run," "Thunder Road," "Badlands," "The Promised Land," "Prove It All Night," "Independence Day," "The Ties That Bind," "Sherry Darling," "Bobby Jean," and "Dancing In The Dark," among many more.
CHECK IT OUT: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performing "Jungleland" live in Landover, Maryland on November 24th, 1980:
Nils Lofgren On The Death Of Clarence Clemons
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