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Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker is "critically ill" in hospital

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Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer and one part of iconic rock group Cream is “critically ill in hospital” according to a recent statement from his family. The drummer’s family have asked for fans to keep him in their prayers.

The news came through Baker’s official Twitter page, a statement read: “The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your prayers tonight.” A fan soon asked “Is this for real?”, a sullen response from the official read: “Sadly yes.”

Currently, there has been no further update on the 80-year-old’s condition. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.

The drummer has been suffering with a number of health issues in recent years. He even underwent open-heart surgery in 2016 after being forced to cancel a tour with his band Air Force after being afflicted with “serious heart problems”.

Baker told Rolling Stone in 2013 “I’ve got degenerative osteoarthritis, which is extremely painful and I’m on a regiment with a health service pain management control,” he said. “Apart from that I’ve got COPD from smoking.”