Cream’s Founder Ginger Baker Is ‘Critically Ill In Hospital’

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Cream’s Ginger Baker is “critically ill in hospital” according to his family. They have asked fans to keep him in their prayers.

The legendary and oft outspoken drummer, Ginger Baker is reported to be critically unwell in hospital. The news was shared on a post on his official Twitter page.

The NME reports that the founder of the British rock band had just celebrated his 80th birthday last month on August 19th. A tweet that was shared yesterday on September 25th stated:

“The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your prayers tonight.” When a fan asked “Is this for real?”, a response from the official account read: “Sadly yes.”

No further information concerning Baker’s illness has been revealed yet. The drummer said that he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by smoking back in 2013 and degenerative osteoarthritis which manifested in chronic back pain.

In July 2016, he had open-heart surgery as a result of a “major” heart condition. He fell at his home four months earlier, where he had to cancel shows with his band Air Force 3.

 Baker founded Cream in the mid ’60s with guitarist Eric Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce, the trio released four records including the influential ‘Disraeli Gears’ before splitting in 1968.