Saturday, April 20, 2024

SOS For Springsteen Protege Jesse Malin, Popular Indie Rocker, Paralyzed from a Spinal Stroke, Sweet Relief Fund Set Up


Jesse Malin is a very popular indie rocker known to Bruce Springsteen fans as one of The Boss’s proteges.

Today it was revealed that last Malin, 56, suffered a spinal stroke and is now paralyzed.

According to Rolling Stone, Malin was performing a one year anniversary memorial tribute to musician and former bandmate Howie Pyro.

Malin, according to RS, “felt a burning pain in his lumbar region that slowly migrated down his hips, through his thighs, and into his heels. He collapsed onto the floor of the restaurant, unable to walk.”

“Everybody was standing above me like in Rosemary’s Baby, saying all these different things, and I was there not knowing what was going on with my body,” Malin told the magazine during a phone call from his room at an NYU rehab facility.

“This is the hardest six weeks that I’ve ever had,” Malin says. “I’m told that they don’t really understand it, and they’re not sure of the chances. The reports from the doctors have been tough, and there’s moments in the day where you want to cry, and where you’re scared. But I keep saying to myself that I can make this happen. I can recover my body.”

While I’ve no doubt Springsteen and other E Streeters have pitched in, a Sweet Relief Fund page has been set up for him here.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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