Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer known for his work behind the kit with Cream and his feisty personality that has come to make him an icon in music history, is currently “critically ill,” per a note released by his family on social media on Wednesday.
Announcement. Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your prayers. Thank you everyone
There are no additional details available at this time past that short, concise statement issued by his family on Baker’s social media channels.
Baker, who just turned 80 years old on August 19, has had a number of health issues in recent years, including open heart surgery in 2016 that directly led to his retirement from live touring.
The NME noted that Baker revealed an ongoing battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic back pain due to osteoarthritis, as well.
Baker, of course, co-founded Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in 1966, moving on to Blind Faith alongside Clapton, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech, before decades of other projects and a solo career that firmly established him as one of the foremost drummers to ever pick up a pair of sticks.
A 2013 documentary titled Beware of Mr. Baker brought Ginger Baker’s wild presence and career to the world of cinema:
Here’s hoping Baker pulls through in this medical emergency. Best wishes to Baker and his family and his difficult time.