Cream drummer Ginger Baker is “critically ill in hospital”

Will Ireland/Guitarist Magazine/Future via Getty ImagesThe family of Ginger Baker have announced that the Cream drummer is very sick.

A message posted on Baker’s social media pages reads, “The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your prayers.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 80 in August, has experienced a number of health issues in recent years.

According to, Ginger revealed in 2013 that he was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic back pain, and in 2016 he underwent open-heart surgery after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

Before his heart issue, Baker had been preparing to tour with a new group called Air Force 3, but he wound canceling the trek and has only played live sporadically since then.

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