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Family of Clarence Clemons Files Malpractice Suit over His Death

Image courtesy of ClarenceClemons.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ClarenceClemons.com (via ABC News Radio)

The family of the late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons family has filed a lawsuit claiming that doctors made errors that may have caused the stroke that killed him.

Showbiz411 claims the complaint was filed by Clemons' brother William -- who is also the father of Jake Clemons , Clarence's nephew and current sax player in Bruce Springsteen 's E Street Band -- and alleges that doctors who performed carpal tunnel surgery on Clarence shortly before his death took him off blood thinners and did not offer intermediary thinners, thereby placing the 71-year-old at risk for a stroke.

The case was filed on May 25, 2012 and has since been sealed, but last month was given the green light for a jury trial. The defendants in the case are physicians connected to Clemons' hand surgery -- including a blood specialist -- but not the hand surgeon himself. 

Clarence Clemons -- who millions of fans knew fondly as "The Big Man" -- died on June 18, 2011.

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