Cream drummer Ginger Baker dies aged 80

Music legend Ginger Baker has tragically died aged 80, according to reports.

The drummer rose to fame in the 60s as part of the revolutionary rock and blues group Cream.

The cause of death has not been revealed.

His family posted the news on Baker's Twitter account.

It read: "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."

The Brit musician reportedly underwent open-heart surgery three years ago.

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In the past, he also admitted to having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after years of heavy smoking.

Ginger founded Cream with bandmates Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce back in 1966.

Though Cream only lasted as a band for three years, their legacy stood the test of time, with the trio widely regarded as the first-ever supergroup.

After the band split, he joined the group Blind Fatih, before forming his own fusion rock group named Ginger Baker’s Air Force.

His drumming style was said to have inspired a number of musicians over time, and he was listed as one of the 50 Most Important Drummers of All Time by Drum! magazine.

Married four times throughout his life, Ginger has three children by different partners.

He is survived by his wife Kudzai Machokoto, who he wed back in 2010.

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