Legendary drummer, Ginger Baker, famous for co-founding the rock group, Cream, has died at 80 years old.
Bakers’ death was announced Sunday morning by his family via Twitter:
“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.”
Baker’s daughter, Nettie, told CNN her famous father was in no pain and had been able to see and speak to his children in the days before his death.
In the wake of his death, musicians took to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the late rock star.
English musician, Gary Kemp, wrote that Baker was, “The reason so many drummers wanted a double-bass drum.”
— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) October 6, 2019
Charlie Daniels paid his respects to Baker, by admitting, “Rest in peace Sir, I doubt we’ll see your likes again.”
Ginger Baker, the creative drummer who played with Cream has passed away.
Rest in peace Sir, I doubt we’ll see your likes again.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) October 6, 2019
Musician Jay Weinberg, son of Max Weinberg, simply wrote, “Thank you Ginger Baker.”
Thank you Ginger Baker.
— Jay Weinberg (@jayweinbergdrum) October 6, 2019
Baker had fallen ill last month and was hospitalized, and his family had asked fans to keep him in their prayers.
It’s unclear what specific illness he was battling.
Cream was formed in London in 1966 with original members Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton.
Years after Cream broke up, Baker went on to a very successful career, but he was always hailed for his time with Cream and his wild style of drumming.
Jack Bruce died in 2015 of liver disease, and his funeral was attended by both Baker and Clapton.
Baker was married four times and fathered three children.