EDISON - Fans are sending their best wishes to Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons and reflecting on his contributions to The E Street Band after news that he suffered a serious stroke.

A statement has been released by Bruce Springsteen, which reads as follows:

" By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.

I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights."

Clemons' distinct saxophone sound is such a big part of the band's and Bruce Springsteen's greatest hits, some wonder if the records could have been as popular without Clemons' one of a kind sound. Clemons most recently played saxophone on the new Lady Gaga album.