Ginger Baker dead: Cream drummer dies aged 80

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A statement shared with Baker’s 5,900 Twitter followers said: “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 family confirmed he was in a critical condition in hospital in a statement on Twitter last month, saying: “The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your prayers tonight.”

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

An outpouring of love from fans hit social media as soon as news broke of Baker’s death, with many flooding to Twitter to pay tribute.

“Stirred to the news of Ginger Baker’s passing,” one wrote. “Another giant gone.”

“RIP Ginger Baker, one of the greats, a unique trailblazer of a drummer,” another said.

Meanwhile, a third added: “The afterlife had best be ready. RIP Ginger Baker.”

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