Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker has very sadly passed away this morning, Sunday 6th October 2019, aged 80.

The following statement appeared on Ginger’s official Facebook page earlier.

Best known for co-founding Cream with Eric Claption and Jack Bruce in 1966, Ginger became became “critically ill” last month and was receiving medical treatment in hospital.

He suffered several health problems in the later years of his life and told Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 that performing “exhausted” him, as well as revealing that he suffered from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) due to smoking.

Ginger was forced to cancel a tour with Air Force in February 2016 after being diagnosed with “serious heart problems” and is thought to have undergone open heart surgery in June of that year.

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