Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Ginger Baker dead: Cream founder dead at 80 – How did he die? | Music | Entertainment

Ginger Baker, founder of 1960’s rock phenomena Cream, died today aged 80. The legendary drummer was famous as a drummer for Cream, and other rock sensations including Hawkwind and blind Faith. He died peacefully according to his family. 

How did Ginger Baker die? 

Ginger Baker’s official Twitter account posted a message from the drummer’s family this morning announcing the news. 

They 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.”

Ginger’s family has not revealed the cause of his death, but the drummer was recently taken “critically ill”.

In a separate tweet from September 26, Ginger’s family announced: “The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital.

“Please keep him in your prayers tonight”.

Ginger was previously diagnosed with “serious heart problems” which forced him to cancel a tour in 2016 with his band Air Force.


Ginger Baker was born in Lewisham, London, during the Blitz on August 19, 1939.

He picked up drumming in his mid-teens aged 15, under the tutelage of famed jazz drummer Phil Seamen. 

Over the years, his distinctive jazz flair gained him popularity in the rock world as one of the first “superstar” drummers. 

He formed Cream alongside Eric Clapton in 1966, and later founded Blind Faith and Ginger Baker’s Air Force over the next decade. 

Ginger later earned a reputation as a “human combine harvester” for his dizzying performances on-stage with Cream. 

While musicians and critics alike clamoured to label him as one of the greatest rock drummers, he always insisted his part was nothing more than a “time-keeper”.

He announced his retirement from touring in 2014 following open-heart surgery and painful osteoarthritis. 

Ginger Baker is survived by his three children Kofi, Leda and Ginette.  

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