Co-founder of Cream, Ginger Baker sang with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti over a long career.
“We are very pleased to announce that Ginger has died quietly in the hospital this morning,” according to a statement published on the artist’s Twitter account. “Thank you all for the beautiful words of these last weeks.”
His daughter confirmed the death on Sunday. Nettie Baker said his father died quietly and painlessly.
In March 2016, the British musician testified that he was diagnosed with heart disease and hopes that he will be able to play drums in the future. In addition, he also suffered from degenerative osteoarthritis.
Born on August 19, 1939, Ginger Baker established Cream in 1966 with guitarist Eric Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce. The band released four studio albums, including the acclaimed “Disraeli Gears,” before they split, in 1968. Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton continued to sing together, in the band Blind Faith, with pianist and soloist Steve Winwood and bassist. Ric Grech.
After two albums with the Air Force in 1970, Ginger Baker released 18 solo studio material, the most recent being “Why” in 2014. He also released three albums with multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti.
The father of three children, Ginger Baker has struggled for a long time with heroin addiction and, according to statements made by the artist for The Guardian in 2013, has given up this addiction 29 times.