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Entertainment Rock Icon Ginger Baker, Drummer of Cream & Blind Faith, Dies at 80 After Being 'Critically Ill'

15:50  06 october  2019
15:50  06 october  2019 Source:   people.com

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Ginger Baker , the legendary drummer who shot to fame in the 1960s as a member of the He was 80 . The musician died on Sunday morning, his family confirmed in a statement shared on his “The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your

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Ginger Baker looking at the camera© Shutterstock

Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer who shot to fame in the 1960s as a member of the pioneering British rock trio Cream, has died. He was 80.

The musician died on Sunday morning, his family confirmed in a statement shared on his official Twitter page.

“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,” they wrote.

The announcement came less than two weeks after his family said that the musician had been admitted to the hospital and was “critically ill.”

“The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your prayers tonight,” the statement read.

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Ginger Baker , one of the most innovative and influential drummers in rock music, has died at the age of 80 . A co-founder of Cream , he also played with Blind Faith , Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in "He set the bar for what rock drumming could be ." Cream were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ginger Baker , the British Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer with Cream and Blind Faith , died Sunday morning, two weeks after his family said he was critically ill in a Ginger Baker plays drums with Jack Bruce (L) and Eric Clapton as part of Cream on the Dutch television show Fanclub in 1968.

After a Twitter user asked if the statement was “for real,” Baker’s account replied, “Sadly yes.”

Baker is best known for his work with Cream, which he co-founded with Eric Clapton in London in 1966. The third member of the band, bassist Jack Bruce, died in 2014 at the age of 71.

Cream — which is widely cited as the original supergroup since all three members came from accomplished bands  — sold 35 million albums in just over two years. The band was awarded the world’s first-ever platinum disc for their double album, Wheels of Fire, and produced psychedelic hits like “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine of Your Love.”

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They broke up in 1968 with little warning, at the height of their commercial success. As Clapton, 74, wrote in his 2007 autobiography, Clapton, the band was struggling at the time with an “inability to get along.”

“We would just run away from one another,” he wrote. “We never socialized together and never really shared ideas anymore.”

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Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce sitting posing for the camera: Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

After briefly working with Clapton again in the supergroup Blind Faith and leading his own jazz-rock band, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Baker spent several years in the ’70s living and recording in Africa.

In 1993, Baker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Clapton and Bruce for their work with Cream. Years later, in 2005, the three reunited for Cream concerts in London and New York City.

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The 1960s rock icon , who was also an accomplished jazz musician and performed with Fela Kuti, died Police drummer Stewart Copeland, one of the many rockers who regard Baker as a primary After sitting in on drums with a traditional jazz band in London, he was invited to join permanently

25 that Baker was critically ill in the hospital. While Rolling Stone magazine once ranked him the third-greatest rock drummer of all time, behind Baker was a drummer from early on, even rapping out rhythms on his school desk as he mimicked the big band music he loved and didn't let the occasional

Born Peter Edward Baker in 1939 in London, Baker began playing drums at the age of 16. He gained early fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation, where he first met his future bandmate, Bruce.

a man wearing a black dress: Ginger Baker | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Ginger Baker | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

In 2012, director Jay Bulger released a critically acclaimed documentary about Baker’s life titled, Beware of Mr. Baker.

During an interview with Rolling Stone in 2013, Baker mentioned his health issues, saying, “I’ve got degenerative osteoarthritis, which is extremely painful.”

“I’m on a regiment with a health service pain management control,” he continued. “Apart from that I’ve got COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) from smoking.”

a man sitting on a stage: Ginger Baker | Bobby Bank/WireImage© Bobby Bank/WireImage Ginger Baker | Bobby Bank/WireImage

In 2016, Baker’s daughter, Leda, posted a blog post on his website which said that Baker was “recovering very well” after “open heart surgery and a bad fall.”

“He called the day after his surgery to say he was OK,” she wrote. “Albeit a rather disoriented and unintelligible conversation he was at least awake and aware. The fall has resulted in swollen legs and feet which he is seeing his doctor about in the next day or so. But although he is recovering, any performances in the near future seem over ambitious.”

Baker is survived by his wife Kudzai Machokoto (whom he married in 2010) and his three kids from a previous marriage: son Kofi and daughters Ginette and Leda.

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