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Cream drummer, Ginger Baker hospitalised and in critical condition

News 26/09/2019

After a series of reports that Cream drummer, Ginger Baker is "critically ill in hospital", his family has confirmed the unfortunate news via Twitter.

Baker has battled major health issues in the past, including a respiratory infection in 2013. He also told Rolling Stone, "I’ve got degenerative osteoarthritis, which is extremely painful and I’m on a regiment with a health service pain management control. Apart from that I’ve got COPD from smoking."

Three years later, he also faced some "serious heart problems". He had to cancel his tour at the time and underwent open heart surgery.

Baker co-founded Cream in 1966 alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. The group released a total of four albums before breaking up two years later. In 1969, he formed a short-lived band, Blind Faith with Clapton, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. He then formed his own band a year later called Air Force, and began releasing a number of solo albums until his last studio album Why? in 2014.