Cream drummer Ginger Baker has died aged 80

Cream drummer Ginger Baker has died aged 80


Legendary drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80.

Co-founder of Cream, Ginger also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in a long career.

In a statement released on Ginger's Twitter page, his family announced: "We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning.

"Thank you to everyone for your kind words over the past weeks."

His daughter also confirmed on Sunday that the veteran rocker had died.

Nettie Baker said her father died peacefully and without pain.

Hawkwind said in a tweet: "So very, very sorry to hear this…..Fly high Ginger! You were a one off and and a true legend…We were honoured to work with you…RIP"

Ginger was "critically ill" in hospital, his family announced in a short statement on his Twitter page last week.

The reason why the 80-year-old, whose real is Peter Edward Baker, was hospitalised was not released.

The musician was noted for his groundbreaking drumming technique, and his showmanship.

Pioneering rock music in the 1960s, he maintained a jazz style and sound, helping build the unique profile of his band Cream, founded with Clapton in 1966.

The group, which also included Jack Bruce, drove a change in rock music which would heavily influence the likes of Led Zeppelin and later artists.

Baker also experimented with percussion from across the globe, and held a long-time interest in African music.

In 2014 he revealed he was fighting osteoarthritis as he recorded his final album, Why?, in 2014. Then in 2016 he underwent open heart surgery and announced his retirement.

He wrote: "Just seen doctor… big shock… no more gigs for this old drummer… everything is off. Of all things I never thought it would be my heart."

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