Bruce Springsteen has said his bandmate 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 longtime friend and E Street Band member on his website, Twitter and Facebook for the first time since it was revealed on Sunday that Clarence had suffered a stroke.
Bruce called 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."
Bruce added that Clarence is surrounded by his wife Victoria and other family and friends, and thanked fans for their prayers and good thoughts.
Clarence's family also thanked fans on the star's website.